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Illustrator : Ranjan De
Editor : Githa Hariharan & Shama Futehally
A collection of short stories focusing on communal harmony. Includes writers such as Zai Whitaker, Poile Sengupta, Githa Hariharan and Shama Futehally.
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|Specifications||72 pages; 8.5" x 5.5 "|
|Book Details||72 pages; 8.5" x 5.5"; black & white; soft cover|
|Tags||short stories, communal harmony, peace, friendship, stories by well-known authors|
"Sorry, Best Friend!, a collection of stories for children, is an attempt to get children to recognise, live with and enjoy that fundamental principle of life: diversity ... The unstated viewpoint of the writers and editors of the stories, that privileged children - those who can read and have access to books - should not be 'sheltered' from real life around them, however painful and unpleasant real life may sometimes be, is a compelling one. Thousands of children in India after all have no choice in the matter - they live through childhoods of deprivation and are swept into outbreaks of communal, ethnic or class violence." - April 1997, Frontline
Relevant and relatable
"This is a book to be welcomed for its relevance to the world of today, directness, simplicity and, most of all, its effort to hold us to what nature intended us to be - thinking, caring human beings whose ego is best kept within bounds. These stories are mirrors in which our children view us, often in shock and disbelief, but in which we do not stop to look any more. It is high time we did and recognised that regardless of name, species and gods, 'each one of us has a place in this strange, funny world of ours.' ... Children will readily relate to the contents. Adults please take a look too." - April 1997, The Pioneer