With a personal, nostalgic introduction by the author and some superb illustrations, this edition is certain to become a Collector's item.
Ruskin Bond, the master storyteller, is at his inventive best when spinning out yarns for children. For over four decades, the author has conjured up an enchanting literary landscape in which children play an integral role. This collection brings together thirty-seven of his finest stories for children including some that have never been published in India before.
The themes of the stories are refreshingly simple: the close bond between a young boy and his grandmother and their long trek to buy a new pair of reading glasses in ' A Long Walk with Granny'; a bicycle ride which becomes a nightmare for a young boy when he encounters the strange duo of a brother and sister on a lonely road in 'The Haunted Bicycle'; the hilarious adventures of a family traveling on a train with their unusual pets.
A rich cast of characters exert their magical spell, whether it is Uncle Ken, who flits from job to job; or Miss Mackenzie whose love for flowers become a common link between her and a young schoolboy; or Toto the little frisky monkey, whose exploits make for delightful reading.
Born in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, in 1934, RUSKIN BOND grew up in Jamnagar, Dehra Dun and Shimla. His first novel. ' Room on the Roof', written when he was seventeen, received the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Since then he has written over three hundred short stories, essays and novellas, and more than thirty books for children. He has also published two volumes of autobiography, 'Scenes from a Writer's Life', which describes his formative years growing up in Anglo-Indian, and 'The Lamp is Lit', a collection of essays and episodes from his journal.
He received the Sahitya Akademi award for English writing in India, and was awarded Padma Shree in 1999.
(5 out of 5)My Review
Reviewer: Bidisha Mondal from Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, India
This book contains stories that are very close to my heart.I specially like" The Crooked Tree", "What's Your Dream?",and "The Playing Fields of Shimla". It does not matter how old u become, the freshness of those stories wiil always remind u the happiest time of your life.............. the childhood.
(5 out of 5)
Reviewer: Bob Monkhouse from England
The only child story I've ever read that I've enjoyed mind you it was only one "The Crooked Tree" a very touching and heartfelt story. Real yet so distant.