February 1, 2023

Timeless Classics from Amar Chitra Katha

Timeless Classics from Amar Chitra Katha published by HarperCollins Children’s Books come in a set of 3 books.

The books have around six to seven stories and they are short stories that are independent of each other. The stories do give the feel of an old school of storytelling and it makes for a nostalgic read in terms of themes and presentation.

It is a collection and the story set makes for a good leisure reading experience.

As it is adapted from the original Amar Chitra Katha series, the presentation of the storytelling is traditional and the illustrations even though in black and white add up to the experience.

Fascinating Stories from India, Unusual Fables from India and Amazing Folk Tales from South Asia make for the collection.

Amazing Folk Tales from South Asia have stories from Nepal, Bhutan and Pakistan. Under Fascinating Stories from India, one of them is the story titled The Wise Four, a Folk Tale from Maharastra.

Here is a short excerpt of the story.

” Your Majesty, the rains have been wreaking havoc for a few days now. We must prepare just in case the river overflows and there are floods”, said Ramabai (one of the four wise ministers in the kingdom), looking worried.

“That’s good thinking. Let’s stock up the granary with food and water at the earliest,” ordered King Veerasena

“Very well, Your majesty. It shall be arranged.” replied Adinath (one more wise minister in the kingdom) dutifully.

The font size and spacing is good for a 6-10 year old to read at comfort and ease. The stories are simple and are set in earlier time zones that do give the feel of folktales from India and elsewhere.

A page from Timeless Classics- Amar Chitra Katha

Mums and Stories recommends the collection and gives it 4 on 5

Here is a short video review too of the Collection

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