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Author : Zai Whitaker
Illustrator : Niloufer Wadia
Words rollick and frolic in Kanna's head, yet he hardly speaks. One day, he is with his family at the cave temples when the lights go off. Everyone is frightened, except Kanna. Light or no light, it makes no difference because he can't see anyway. And as he confidently leads the way out, he finds himself talking… Words tumble out to unleash the playful chatterbox within – Kanna Panna! A joyous story that neatly inverts the notion of ‘disability’. Warm, strong pictures pick up the nuances to portray a child for whom visual impairment is just the way it is – and is even a chance to have some fun!
2018: Jarul Book Award (shortlisted)
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|Specifications||24 pages; 9.5” x 8.5”; full colour; soft cover|
|Tags||disability, story of a blind boy, family, inclusive book|
Works at many levels
It creates an awareness about blindness in young children, both its outward appearance and inner abilities. Kanna is normal in all ways and his parents and companions come to discover that in the course of the story. Like all good stories, it is left to the reader to reflect on what is left unsaid. Goodbooks.in
A must-read book!
The matter of fact narration, the rumbling and tumbling thoughts inside Kanna’s head, his rising confidence and the arc that his story takes from the meek silent child, to the chatterbox who makes an instant friend, all this and more makes Kanna Panna a must read book. The Nestery