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Author : Paul Zacharia
Illustrator : Asma Menon
Ju’s 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 a maths book, which has a stamp but no address... 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.
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|Specifications||24 pages; 10.5” x 8.5”; full colour; soft cover|
|Tags||childhood, hand-me-downs, used things, discovery, family, friendship, women|
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
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