I Didn't Understand! (English)

Author : Mini Shrinivasan
Illustrator : Shubham Lakhera

An everyday school story about friends and playing, bullying and sharing, takes a gentle turn. For it is told by Manna, and she has Down’s Syndrome. Award-winning writer Mini Shrinivasan bases her narrative on true events, and speaks in Manna’s voice to take us into her mind. That’s how we move closer to understanding her guileless, trusting responses that are so different from the usual. The uncluttered yet emotive pictures movingly echo Manna’s told-as-it-is account of what she can and cannot understand. 

2020: Tata Trust's Parag Honour List

Winner, FICCI Publishing Award - Children's Book of the Year (Hindi)

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Age 5+
Specifications 24 pages; 8.5” x 7.5”; full colour; soft cover
ISBN 978-93-86667-53-3
First Published 2018
Tags school story, bullying, down syndrome, disability, friendship, inclusive book

A straightforward and thoughtful story

This is a must have, children will learn to care and will understand the difference between sympathy and empathy. Akanksha Datta, blogger & columnist

Shines a gentle light

This picture book shines a gentle light on the nature of some special children even as it helps readers understand them.Parag Honour List 2020

A strong and joyful character

Very beautifully and subtly, she has posed the important and sensitive question of the self-identity of mentally challenged children. The Book Review Journal

I didn't understand!

This is about three things I loved about the book - 1. the beautiful form of the narrative, 2. the warm hug, 3. the pictures, especially the cover page.

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I Didn't Understand! (English)

I Didn't Understand! (English)

An everyday school story about friends and playing, bullying and sharing, takes a gentle turn. For it is told by Manna, and she has Down’s Syndrome. Award-winning writer Mini Shrinivasan bases her narrative on true events, and speaks in Manna’s voice to take us into her mind. That’s how we move closer to understanding her guileless, trusting responses that are so different from the usual. The uncluttered yet emotive pictures movingly echo Manna’s told-as-it-is account of what she can and cannot understand. 

2020: Tata Trust's Parag Honour List

Winner, FICCI Publishing Award - Children's Book of the Year (Hindi)

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