The girl in this beautiful book builds things with very ordinary stuff!

posted by Gomathi Kannan, March 25, 2019

Neelu's Big Box is a stunner of a book that tells a wonderful story about a girl who wants to build a fort with very interesting material. Our writer, Gomathi Kannan, observes something fascinating about Neelu's skills as an inventor.
'Your kid's new favorite toy has arrived! It's called cardboard box!' read my Amazon package! How true! There is an undying love for those cardboard boxes among little ones. When my son was little he loved not just the boxes, but the bubble wrap, the foam fillings, and air cushions and he would spend hours with it. 
During the first few years, unstructured play teaches kids more than we think books do. Wouldn't it be great to combine the idea of book reading and unstructured play!?   
Nandhini Nayar, the author of 'What Shall I  make?' and nine other books with Tulika publishers has created magic yet again with 'Neelu's big box'! This beautiful book is sure to captivate the readers. 

A mission to create a fort!

Neelu is on a mission to create a fort. She gathers all necessary equipment, including her mommy's saree and grandma's walking stick, fruit basket and of course her big box! Not everything goes according to plan. But during those unexpected turn of events, true attitude, planning, and the creativity of an individual unveil. The protagonist Neelu decides to stay calm and use her problem-solving skills to set a great example.
Vidhu Purkayastha has made this wonderful book available to Hindi readers through her flawless translation. Shreya Sen's pictures are a great plus. The cute yellow bird, the fishes that reach for the sky, bright red dupatta and Neelu's expressions, paper boats and bubbles need a mention!
I loved that it showed no adult involvement and the ideas and error management were truly Neelu's original. I loved that Neelu didn't cry over spilled milk. Instead, she quickly thinks of an alternate plan and executes it with the available items. 
I loved that it showed no adult involvement and the ideas and error management were truly Neelu's original. The readers understand empowerment through such role models. I loved that Neelu didn't cry over spilled milk (fruits in her case!) and this demonstrates mental strength. She quickly thinks of an alternate plan and executes it with the available items. 
Who said you can't think outside the box when you are sitting inside one? Gift your child the world of imagination through Neelu's Big Box
This book is part of our Toka Junior box for March. We combine it with a dynamite STEM skill -- why do some objects float and some sink? Why does a boat need a sail? How does the wind help the boat move faster? 


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