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Ju's Story (English)

Author : Paul Zacharia
Illustrator : Asma Menon

Ju lives in a world of hand-me-downs. One day, she finds a sealed envelope in her maths book and this discovery becomes an exploration of a different kind of childhood.

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Age 6+
Specifications 24 pages; 10.5” x 8.5”; full colour; soft cover
ISBN 978-81-8146-736-2
First Published 2009

For Ju, old is gold. Her mother brings her hand-me-downs from the homes in which she works and Ju welcomes them like new friends. She especially loves the well-used textbooks and the treasures sometimes hidden among their pages: pressed flowers, poems, even a dead butterfly...Then one day Ju discovers a sealed envelope in the maths book. It has a stamp but no address. Ju's Story is part of 'Different Tales', a project undertaken by Anveshi Research Centre for Women's Studies, Hyderabad, to present stories about life-worlds seldom reflected in children's books. In the hands of a sensitive writer like Paul Zacharia, the story of a simple discovery that Ju makes becomes a moving experience. Asma Menon's strong, painterly illustrations suggest a sense of empowerment.

A worthwhile read

Ju’s Story is a sensitive and touching tale of the young daughter of a widowed domestic worker. The author has succeeded in subtly highlighting the trials and pressures of those invisible people around us – domestic workers. Young India Books

A telling example of why these stories matter

Well-known Malayalam novelist and columnist Paul Zacharia’s warm tale that captures the hidden riches that gild the life of a schoolgirl in an undescribed corner in Kerala. Asma Menon’s lush illustrations that accompany the story reveal a setting vivid with colourful layers of meaning. Through the medium of a simple story, the message of sensitivity reaches out to the imagination of young readers everywhere. Bindu Bhaskar Balaji, The Book Review Literary Trust

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Ju's Story (English)

Ju's Story (English)

Ju lives in a world of hand-me-downs. One day, she finds a sealed envelope in her maths book and this discovery becomes an exploration of a different kind of childhood.

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