This is a story is about two friends, a parrot (Tota Khan) and a goat (Bakri Ara) who set off on an adventure across Pakistan. The book has been written with the aim of promoting the lesser known places in the country. It provides a wealth of knowledge in a very appealing and enjoyable manner.
It gives an opportunity to explore lives in and around rivers, mountains, valleys and deserts, accommodating vibrant communities, cultures and landscapes. It introduces the reader to many civilizations and festivals in an engaging manner. The book offers an informative as well as interactive session to familiarize the reader with historical facts and figures; the cultures, traditions and heritage. It encourages the reader to explore not only the places around them, but also different lifestyles, skills and opportunities. All this enhances creativity on the part of the reader as a cognitive process of exploration and learning. The book leaves the reader on a powerful note to reflect on the society surrounding them.
The book calls to the emotions of the reader, introducing the reader to a new, unfamiliar world. The book opens up to a conversation between two kids who speak on the importance of hope. Like all kids, they have innovative dreams and thoughts. They are also eager to learn through imagination and creativity. The book gives a practical insight to manage and control one’s negative thoughts and feelings. It is a comprehensive lesson on compassion and tolerance, learning and exploration. If you want to experience an adventure in ‘Un Bun Choo Choo Choo’ to get an insight into the world of light, this book will be promising.
Layla aur Munni Gudia is the first book published by Children’s Literature Festival created by prominent author, Rumana Husain. Layla aur Munni Gudia is an interesting story of a little girl, Layla and her doll, Gudia.
This book was first launched at the Karachi Children’s Literature Festival and Teachers’ Literature Festival 2014 by one of the most well-known playwright and dramatist of Pakistan, Haseena Moin.
This colorfully illustrated book takes the reader to a journey through the city of Karachi and introduces the city through the lens of a little girl, Layla. The book builds on a typical lifestyle of a little girl living in the city. She visits different places and describes them in her own version to her doll, muni. The book explores some awe-inspiring places along with an insight into the life in Karachi. It also offers a subtle lesson in basic ethics and self-management. This book is an interesting way to interact with kids: read it to your kids and discover Karachi with a new perspective!
Through pictures and words, these books offer children opportunities to experience several worlds—of people, places, animals, birds, trees, colours, shapes, and ideas.
From the strong, clear lines of folk tale-based illustrations that introduce concepts of line and circle, letters of the alphabet, sound words—to folk tales coloured with local art forms, ecology lessons, and gripping adventure stories—history and geography blend in narrative and picture.
This book is a collection of folk tales told and retold through the ages and handed down from one generation to the next.
These tales hail from different regions of Pakistan reflect the culture and traditions of the places of their origin giving the reader an insight to various unique places and people. For example, the story from Gujarat is about the red attire common among its womenfolk.
From the mountains of Baluchistan, stranded were 40 children, to Sindh’s ‘crocodile’ festival, and Kaghan valley having a town of fairies, this book is packed with adventure. It is a travel adventure as a little brother and sister try to escape the prince’s army as they search for them. It takes the reader to the festival of crocodiles, a celebration inspired by the African dance and music. There is a prince who is in search of his fairy in Kaghan valley; this journey takes him to Koh-e-Qaf where he meets a giant; the story containing all the elements of fantasy.
With attractive illustrations, the folk tales are interesting and have been narrated in a lively manner, recounting situations that young readers will enjoy.
The book is a creative education project which took the form of a
community-based, art collaboration with children from immigrant
families settled in Korangi (Karachi, Pakistan). Through a series of art
workshops, children explored their family histories and experiences of
migration. This multilingual publication shares children’s unique insight
about migration, social ruptures, dislocations, the processes of
settlement, assimilation, and construction of identities.