Tag: children’s literature

  • Speaking Volumes: The Kids Are All Right

    Speaking Volumes: The Kids Are All Right

    (Published in the Business Standard, April 14, 2015) This is from a favourite essay by a favourite writer – Philip Pullman, who should know, on why children need reading and the arts in their lives: “Children need to read and listen to proper stories as much as they need to be loved and cared for. […]

  • The BS column: The Day of the Grasshopper

    (Published in the Business Standard, August 24, 2010; revised to include corrections.) As Siddhartha Sarma claimed the first Crossword award for Best Children’s Book in Bombay this week, a bunch of writers at the Jumpstart festival were asking a key question: should adults read books for children? Technically, The Grasshopper’s Run is a children’s book—published […]

  • Fifty Nifty Years: The Cat in the Hat

    Fifty Nifty Years: The Cat in the Hat

    (Published in the Business Standard, April 2nd, 2007) How is that The Cat in the Hat is not out in the cold, though it’s fifty years old? It’s been translated into Yiddish for the benefit of some kiddish, and you can read it in Spanish and see that goldfish vanish. At the Latin high table, […]

  • The Tale of Beatrix Potter

    (Published in the Business Standard, January 08, 2007) Nothing about Miss Potter, the film version of Beatrix Potter’s life, is likely to dispel the “fluffy bunny” image that surrounds one of the world’s most successful children’s authors. As played by Renee Zellwegger, the creator of Peter Rabbit, Miss Tiggywinkle, Tom Kitten and Jemima Puddleduck comes […]