Friday, November 20, 2020

Ballerinas are Beautiful - Book Review


Author : Kath Smith

Genre : Fiction

No. of Stories : 3

Rating : ✬✬✬⋆/✬✬✬✬✬

The importance of friendship in our life is beyond any description. Friends are those who makes you feel good about yourself, who will laugh at our most embarrassing moments of your life to make you feel lighter. They are the ones who will be there with you for you during happiness and at times when you need them the most.

About the Book

"Ballerinas are Beautiful" is a book that communicate simple message about friendship, sharing and caring for others. It has lively rhyming text and beautiful illustrations. Every little girl who's dreamed of being a ballerina will love following the adventure of the group of little ballerinas in this gorgeous story book.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

How Do Children Pick A Book To Read


I love reading and to be frank I read children's books more than any other books.
Reviewing them would be a good idea. But before reviewing children's books it was important for me to understand what exactly kids look for while selecting any book and what do they like in a particular book. So I did a bit of research,  talked to my children's friends and came up with these pointers. 

In this era of digitization, parents are looking for ways to keep their kids gadget free. And the best way to do , is by inculcating reading habit in them. Reading stimulates their brain and make them highly imaginative and not only expands their understand of the language but develop their listening skills as well. Reading has various benefits like improving concentration, making them more empathetic, expanding their vocabulary and so on.

But do we really know how children pick what they really want to read.

There are 3 Prerequisites:


Children enjoy stories that are engaging and of interest to them, Therefore interest looks like the most influential factor in a book selection. Children find a story of interest when there is a personal connection. Stories that connect to a child's home life or lifestyle establishes a personal link with the book, Since children make various connections with the books and can affect their life long reading habit, it seems important for parents and teachers to connect books to children's interest at an early age.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

THE ALCHEMIST - A fable about following your dream- Book Review


"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity ~ Paulo Coelho

Some books are meant to be read, loved, possessed and passed on. The ALCHEMIST is one of those books. One of the bestseller, wherein 65 MILLION COPIES WERE SOLD WORLD WIDE.

Genre :Fiction /Self Help/Philosophy
Rating : ✬✬✬✬⋆/✬✬✬✬✬


Paulo Coelho was born in Brazil and has become one of the most widely read and loved authors in the world. Especially renowned of The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes, he has sold more than 140 million books worldwide and has been translated into 72 languages. The recipient of numerous prestigious International awards, among them the Crustal Award by the World Economics Forum and France's Legion d'Honneur, Paulo Coelho was inducted into the Brazilian Academy of letters in 2002. He also writes a weekly column syndicated throughout the world.


This is a story of a shepherd boy "Santiago" from the Spanish province of Andalusia who dreams of travelling the world in search of a treasure as desirable as any ever found. He keeps getting the same dream about treasure that are lying in the pyramids of Egypt. From his home he journeys to the exotic markets of North Africa and then into the Egyptian dessert, where a fateful encounter with the Alchemist awaits him. The old man, an Alchemist who Santiago meets in the own square tells him not to believe "the biggest lie" that you cannot control your destiny. You can, he says, but you must 'read the omens', which becomes possible when you start to see the world as one. the world can be read like a book but we will never be able to understand it, if we have a closed existence, complacent and unwilling to risk anything. Throughout the journey, Santiago meets many people and a lot of difficulty which ultimately helps him to learn and grow the entire way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within.


Alchemist is a unforgettable story about the essential wisdom of listening to our heart and above all, following our dreams. Someone who is willing to risk comfort, routine, security and existing relationships to follow something that to other;s looks like a mirage, it takes lot of courage. This book is about hope, belief and how one can convert dream into a reality.