Middle Grade Fiction for art lovers.
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Mehar’s World of Colours by Arti Sonthalia – Middle Grade Fiction for art lovers

Mehar’s World of Colours is heartfelt, lovely, and a wholesome story with beautiful illustrations and amazing messages and life situation that kids can relate to and it’s a perfect Middle Grade Fiction for art lovers.

Mehar’s World of Colours – Middle Grade Fiction for art lovers

Middle Grade Fiction for art lovers.

Mehar’s World of Colours by Arti Sonthalia

Publication Date : March 25, 2024

Publisher : Puffin

Read Date : May 1, 2024

Genre : Middle Grade fiction

Age : 8+

Pages : 126

Source : Many thanks to Penguinsters for review copy.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Other Books Read by the Same Author –

Simi Stands Tall

Synopsis

Mehar loves books, art and colours and wants to make her own comic book one day with her best friend Ananya. But her mom wants her to swim like her big sister Saanvi and win competitions and medals.

When her school offers an after-school activity class to learn comic-making, Mehar is super excited and wants to sign up for it. But will her mom approve of anything that will make her miss swimming practice?

Dive into Mehar’s colourful world as she works hard to make her dreams come true!

Review

I enjoyed the author’s “Simi Stands Tall,” and I was pleased to have the opportunity to read another of her books. “Mehar’s World of Colours” is, a heartfelt and lovely Middle Grade Fiction for art lovers, about dreams versus parental expectations.

Mehar’s World of Colours is story about a girl who sees the world in shades of colours and loves nothing more than getting lost in a world of colours. Mehar dreams of writing and making comics, and with a new teacher this year, her dream seems closer to reality. However, her mother has different plans for her; she wants Mehar to be a champion swimmer like her older sister, Saanvi.

As a result, Mehar is struggling in school. She is always late, always tired, and no one truly understands what she wants, not even her best friend. After her parents’ separation, Mehar doesn’t want to add to the tension by voicing her own dreams and upsetting her mother.

For their “Service Before Self” activity, Mehar comes up with the idea of a fair to help underprivileged children, where she plans to sell her comics. However, her best friend Ananya gives her the cold shoulder because Mehar has been spending time with other classmates. As the day of the fair approaches, it becomes increasingly difficult for Mehar to suppress her dream while juggling both her comics and an upcoming swimming competition.

I loved how the author packed so many layers into just a few pages. The idea of the “Service Before Self” activity for middle grade students was wonderful, and it was amazing to see the kids learning so valuable lessons of kindness and compassion through it.

The concept of Mehar expressing her feelings through colours is unique. Mehar is lovely kid and it was heartfelt to see her trying to adjust and making compromises at such a young age.

Through ups and downs in Mehar and Ananya’s friendship author addresses what friendship goes through as kids grow up, how insecurity and not communicating it makes things worse. I admired Mehar for finally giving voice to her dream and taking steps to mend her friendship with Ananya.

The story addresses feelings of children adjusting to living with separated parents. It not only highlights the feelings of children but also provides insight into how adults feel, how single mother struggles with life and father who want to be part of children’s life but finds hard to adjust time with busy demanding job.

It was amazing to see how teachers play important role in student life and how they too have power to make it better. All relationships were beautifully presented here.

Most of all I loved the message of not suppressing kid’s passion and dream by putting pressure on them to do something that we want as parent. Many of our parents went through this, their interest is sidelined because parents decides what’s best for us and yet they do the same thing for their kids.

Many parents don’t consider art as something serious a kid should follow and is consider it a hobby and force kids to keep it that way. I loved how author addressed the message and how art is also important in life through this story.

Overall, Mehar’s World of Colours is a wholesome Middle Grade Fiction for art lovers with beautiful illustrations and amazing messages and life situation that kids can relate to.

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