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Review – “Purple Jojo” By Sameera Zia Qureshi

Purple Jojo by Sameera Zia Qureshi was one of our first hauls in the Indian authors’ category. One of the reasons of getting this book was that it was available in bilingual, you see, T hasn’t started grasping English yet so it was a God-send storybook for me (I was simply tired of translating each time I read her a book, the words varied and I didn’t want her to get confused because of my lack of consistency)

Little Jojo slept under a tree and on waking up found himself covered in purple spots! Embark on his journey to find who gave him the purple spots.

WHAT WE LIKED

  • Short story, apt for young toddlers whose attention span is less than that of a goldfish.
  • Simple sentences, easy to read, explain, and understand.
  • The bilingual text makes it compatible for both English and Hindi reading, chose and switch as required.
  • Color recognition and association.

WHAT WE DISLIKED the story ends a little too abruptly for such young readers (if I am not wrong, the book seems to be written for young toddlers) It would have been better if the end was explained in clear terms rather than being left to common sense which these kids still haven’t acquired.

Missable, but you can get it for the sake of variety. T likes it after I explained the ending in my own words. Published by Tulika Books. Recommended age 2+ years. 

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