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5 December 2010 ·

Pratham Books: Bookaroo in the City (Day 7) : Enthusiastic Readers Meet an Equally Enthusiastic Author

Up bright and early on my second day in Delhi for a visit to the Sanskriti School, organised by Pratham Books, an inspired and inspiring not-for-profit publishing company committed to “high quality, lost cost books for children in various Indian languages”. The books are beautiful, too, as you can see in Sanjeev Saith’s book “Ganga”.

The school was lovely and welcoming; the kids were great – and their questions and comments reminded me that there’s not much difference between kids around the world when they’re enjoying a story!

Pratham Books: Bookaroo in the City (Day 7) : Enthusiastic Readers Meet an Equally Enthusiastic Author

Iswarya Subbiah says…

The students of Sanskriti School, Chanakyapuri had the absolute pleasure of starting the day by listening to Australian author Wendy Orr. Author of the beloved children’s book ‘Nim’s Island’ , which was later made into a major Hollywood motion picture, Wendy Orr spoke to the children about her own journey as an author. She regaled the children with stories of her own childhood, how she started writing and where she got her inspiration from. She also read out from her book, ‘The Princess and The Panther’.

The session was an interactive one with children pitching in with opinions, comments and answers. How much the kids enjoyed the session was evident in the enthusiastic questioning of the author after she finished her talk. Almost every child had something to ask or say. Wendy Orr answered each question patiently and with much joy. The session was everything that Bookaroo is representative of : a fun event with much to learn from. The students at Sanskriti School loved the session and a few even had to be forcibly ushered out of the room at the end of the session. It was a pleasure to see the response Wendy Orr received, for it reflected the interest of the children in books, stories and the world of imagination.

View more images from all the ‘Bookaroo in the City’ events here.

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Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Cuckoo’s Flight, a companion to the highly acclaimed Bronze Age novels Dragonfly Song and Swallow’s Dance. Read full bio