A Sliver of Moon and a Shard of Truth: Stories from India by Chitra Soundar, illustrated by Uma Krishnaswamy. Candlewick Press, 2022. 9781536225150
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Fiction/short stories
What did you like about the book? Another delightful book of short stories from the team who brought us Mangoes, Mischief and Tales of Friendship. Four short original tales about the problem solving duo Prince Veera and his best friend Suku, a farmer’s son, show how even the wiliest, greediest or angriest adults can be appeased by common sense or cleverness. The boys venture to the summer festival near Prince Veera’s great-uncle’s palace and solve tricky problems involving making a peahen sing, and even win a bout with a champion wrestler. The stories are gentle and funny, the boys are brave and kind, and the atmosphere of old India is so nicely evoked by the charming black and white drawings.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? A nice purchase for all libraries, excellent for reluctant readers, and a nice family read aloud. For ages 5+.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Fiction/short stories
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Near the top
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: February 6, 2023
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