Children's Fictions for This Fall Season
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3 heartwarming Short Children’s Fictions for This Fall Season

Who wants some amazing colorful and heartwarming, Children’s Fiction with great messages for young readers? Here are 3 Short Children’s fictions for This Fall Season that kids of 5-7 years old will enjoy-

3 Short Children’s Fictions for This Fall Season

Children's Fictions for This Fall Season

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Biji’s in the Kitchen by Natasha Sharma

Biji's in the Kitchen

Biji’s in the Kitchen by Natasha Sharma

Publication Date : September 25, 2023

Publisher : Duckbill

Read Date : October 2, 2023

Genre : Children’s Fiction

Age : 5+

Pages : 40

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Synopsis

Slimy bhindi curry, anyone? Biji is freestyle and fun. But when she is in the kitchen, everyone, beware!

Review

Biji’s in the Kitchen is fun and amusing story of a Punjabi grandmother who cannot cook but she keeps trying.

The story is told from a girl’s perspective (we don’t know the name of the girl). She tells how she dreads testing her grandmother (called Biji in Punjabi) as whatever she cooks is awful and hard to swallow. She wants to have an excuse not to eat and wonders does she has to eat Biji’s food till it tastes good (and no one has any idea when it will be good enough to eat! 😂)

I love how the girl still tastes Biji’s food and tries not to make a face. It was amazing how this little girl could see past her grandmother’s horrible food and notice how amazing she was in other things in life.

Biji is carefree, lively, and fun. I loved she how her awful cooking never discouraged her in life, she kept trying to cook and never gave up which is amazing message in the book.

Let me tell you one thing, being an Indian woman and not being able to cook palatable food is so very frowned upon by most of society. People judge you and literally! Some even think you’re not marriageable if you can’t cook. So it was really inspiring to see Biji not fitting into that society and yet wasn’t affected by it. In fact, I love how supportive her family was even though they all dreaded what they would eat whenever Biji entered the Kitchen.

Many can relate to Biji’s freestyle and fun cooking. I’m a bit of both and I enjoy it when I don’t have to look at the recipe. We also get a glimpse of her past why she loves to create food mishmashes. Her dreams of mishmash food didn’t sound that good but it added fun to the story.

I loved the end. It made me smile to read that Biji finally could make something delectable. It also gives the message– everyone can cook delicious food all the time and everyone has a specialty, everyone is the best at one thing in life, you just have to find it and for that you have to keep trying.

Overall, Biji’s in the Kitchen is entertaining, super fun, and delightful children’s fiction with amazing message for not just kids but all readers.

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The Big Bad Fight by Yamini Vijayan

The Big Bad Fight

The Big Bad Fight by Yamini Vijayan

Publication Date : September 4, 2023

Publisher : Duckbill

Read Date : October 1, 2023

Genre : Children’s Fiction

Age : 5+

Pages : 40

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Synopsis

Best friends Anna and Kichu are collectors of incredible things. But one day, they have a nasty fight. Will things ever be the same again?

Review

The Big Bad Fight is fun and charming story of two best friends, Anna and Kichu who had a big bad fight.

Both Anna and Kichu love collecting things – Anna collects coins, insects, matchboxes and rocks while Kichu loves stamps, feathers, and bottles. They spend most of the time together but one day while playing snake and ladder, they have a big bad fight and in fit of anger they both hurt each other to the point they don’t talk with each other for a week. It was interesting to see how they will get back together and if things will be the same as before.

Writing is easy for kids. Illustrations are beautiful and vivid. I loved relatable plot and narrative. We all fight with our friends; sometimes they are small and petty and sometimes it’s big and bad to the point that friendship almost doesn’t survive. This gives a good message of how fights are common between friends but not sit over it and try to amend the wrongs done to save the friendship.

We have seen that one angry child who throws a tantrum or spoils the game when they don’t win. The story doesn’t explicitly tell anything about anger management or having good sportsmanship but it sure opens the discussion for it.

I love how all the characters collected something in the book. I’m sure it will be a fascinating aspect for kids and will encourage them to have their own collection of unique and incredible things.

Overall, The Big Bad Fight is fun, lovely, cute and vividly illustrated short children’s fiction about friendship.

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Mahalaxmi Will Go to Mysore by Niyatee Sharma

Mahalaxmi Will Go to Mysore

Mahalaxmi Will Go to Mysore by Niyatee Sharma

Publication Date : September 4, 2023

Publisher : Duckbill

Read Date : October 3, 2023

Genre : Children’s Fiction

Age : 7+

Pages : 80

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Synopsis

Ira’s new friend Mahalaxmi is different from everyone else in the class. When Mahalaxmi can’t come on the class trip to Mysore, Ira knows she has to find a way. But will Mahalaxmi let her classmates help her?

Review

Mahalaxmi Will Go to Mysore is lovely and well-written children’s fiction about friendship that see past the social differences.

The story follows Ira and her new best friend, Mahalaxmi, who is an RTE child (It’s Right To Education government rule in India according to which every private school has to keep separate seats for economically weaker section students). Most kids are not friendly to her but not Ira. Ira never differentiated, in fact, she saw past her economic background and dark skin.

When school announces a class trip to Mysore, Ira’s excitement diminishes when Mahalaxmi says she won’t be coming as her parents didn’t sign the permission form as they cannot pay for the trip. So Ira comes up with a plan without hurting Mahalaxmi and her parents’ self-respect.

It’s interesting to see what’s her plan and if Mahalaxmi gets to join her classmates to trip to Mysore.

Writing is engaging and touching. I loved Ira. She is lovely and compassionate kid who stood up for Mahalaxmi from the beginning. She shares tiffin with Mahalaxmin, plays with her, and even drives her back home. Seeing her treating Mahalaxmi so well it makes other kids also put aside their differences. It was amazing to see her come up with the plan and how she roped in the whole school in it.

Mahalaxmi is a sweet girl. She is down-to-earth and adapted to the new school so well. I liked how she didn’t pay attention to the harsh words and behaviour of some students and focused on good and being good and fun which made all kids turn around. Her connection to her culture and what her mother taught her is well presented.

Ira and Mahalaxmi’s friendship sends an amazing message of not judging a person for social background or color of the skin, seeing the inner beauty, and every person deserves a chance to fit in. The story also highlights creativity and a positive school environment.

I loved the development of Aditi, Ira’s old best friend who stopped talking to Ira after her friendship with Mahalaxmi. She treated Mahalaxmi unfairly. Even though she wasn’t nice to Mahalaxmi her character was realistic. We all get jealous when we see our best friend making new best friends or spending time with a friend we don’t like and it’s an even more complicated feeling at this young age.

All Illustrations are beautiful. I loved how I enjoyed reading how Ira’ plan took shape and it not only helped Mahalxmi but also made Aditi overcome her jealousy and differences. The end is feel-good and uplifting.

Overall, Mahalaxmi Will Go to Mysore is lovely, entertaining, and beautifully written children’s fiction about friendship with an amazing message.

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