Subjects like Math, History and even Science can get boring or tedious to study when it comes to academic schedules. But here are three books from Puffin, an imprint of Penguin Random House that intend to make certain subjects interesting.
Let’s do this together by Lubaina Bandukwala and Vineeta Kanoria takes on Math in a lively and fun way with problems, largely word problems turned into stories for kids in varying age groups.
Divided into really easy, easy and tough ones, the book is a good read for 5 to 9 year olds. One of the stories goes like this: Big black clouds gathered outside Shirin’s window. Shirin was too busy playing with her building blocks, so didn’t notice them at first. But when it began to rain, the little girl ran to the window. First a few drops fell on her windowpane with a plop, plop, plop. How many drops had fallen on Shirin’s window? Then came 5 more. How many drops had fallen there in all?
The book is a good practice of Math for 5 to 9 year olds and can be even taken as fun puzzles during get togethers with kids.
We would have preferred an answer sheet too, yet we found the book interesting and loved it too.
Next on our list is a History book with a lot of character!
Parvati Sharma’s introspection on the important year 1857 and introducing historical figures from India, in pre-Independence era is a pure delight. What adds equal relevance are the appropriate illustrations by Meghana Menon. Rattu and Poorie, very unlikely names for young girls in India are siblings and the book is on Rattu’s temperament, her wild imagination and how the sequence of events unfolds.
The Battle of Plassey is the backdrop and the story in parts dips into important characters like Rani Laxmi Bai, the Peshawa from the Marathas, Azmilluah Khan and why collectively Indians fought against the British. This year was important and almost a trial round of Indian battle of evicting the British empire, prior to the 1947 era.
The book is fun, gets into sensitive subjects like how to deal with bullies and ideal for 8 to 12 year olds.
Third on our list to a recommended reading list is 31 Fantastic Adventures in Science.
Now this book is like a resource with lots of information as a biography of the 31 Women Scientists featured. Written and researched by Nandita Jayaraj and Aashima Freidog, illustrations by Upasana Agarwal, the book is a great read for 12 to 15 year olds.
An ode to amazing women with their backgrounds the book gives an insightful picture on how the women started in the field of Science , their progress, their achievements, and even various professions they have pursued in the field of Science. One can become a CEO of a Pharma company or Cancer Biologist or Palaeobiologist and so forth.
Many of these professions sound new but they are inspiring and interesting, good enough for young minds to be get interested and take it up further in their own lives.
As a Palaeobiologist, Devapriya Chattopadhyay, one of the icons featured spends her days looking for the answer on what was life like a the bottom of the sea 65 million years ago, not with any time machine but with fossils. The first time DevaPriya went fossil hunting, she was on her own. And the sheer joy of discovering ancient objects like the molluscs made her wanting to do this all her life. Every year, DevaPriya and her team travel to the westernmost part of India -Kutch. Did you know Kutch was once under the ocean?
This explains why it is rich in marine fossils even though now it is dry and barren. This interesting Scientist also has a laboratory and an aquarium where she keeps real, live molluscs creatures.
Other icons like Kiran Mazumdar Shaw who studied to become a brewmaster finally found her calling in starting a business and research on enzymes. The company Biocon is one of the leading companies and India’s largest biotechnical company.
Many more interesting women and the work they do are featured like the astrophysicist Nandita Srivastava whose favourite sun-viewing spot is the Udaipur Solar Observatory. Nandita a solar astronomer predicts weather in space and has won awards for her work on solar eruptions.
This book requires detailed attention and a great resource for young minds who wonder what are the prospects in Science.
Mums and Stories found all the three books very interesting and loved it.