Bala-Gala the Brave and DangerousBala-Gala the Brave and Dangerous by Gita V. Reddy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A few nights ago, I got an e-mail from the author, Gita V. Reddy, asking if I would like to read her children’s story. I always like to read children’s stories. And they are easy to fit in between everything else going on in my life. So I accepted. It was delightful.

When I look at children’s books, I think of the time when my children were little, when we’d get together before bed and read. I think how their response would’ve been to a book that I’m reviewing. And I think we could have had fun with this book. I think a nursery school or kindergarten class would have fun with this book. The pictures and the story make you want to get up and pretend to be the imaginary animal that Ms. Reddy describes. The pictures are fun and different than the ones that I remember my children liking. And I like that they are of a foreign country with foreign animals, at least for us here in the United States. I could see us pulling out maps and looking up the animals, what they really look like, act like and then looking up the cultures where they came from. Aside from being a simple story, there’s a lot of research that could come from reading this book.

Thank you, Ms. Reddy, for letting me read your book.

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