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Mother Steals a Bicycle and Other Stories


FORMAT: Hardcover PRICE: £10.99 PAGES: 68 Pages PUBLICATION DATE: 11/02/2019 ISBN: 9788193448519

Mother Steals a Bicycle and Other Stories

Salai Selvam, Shruti Buddhavarapu and Tejubehan

Tara Books

“Did Amma really steal a bicycle, and is it even possible to wrestle your shadow?”

Did you ever wonder how your parents were as kids? Were they up to mischief? Did they get into trouble a lot?

Then read these stories about a mother who tells her child about her strange and exciting adventures growing up in a village in South India. Look carefully at the beautiful illustrations... and imagine yourself in this fantastic world of midnight feasts, roving hyenas, shrieking peacocks, buzzing insects and stolen bicycles... does it sound unbelievable? And yet...could it all be true?

Selling points

  • A collection of eight short stories that can be read together or individually, each evoking the different fascinations and emotions of childhood.
  • Acquaints children with alternative narratives of childhood through the format of inter-generational storytelling.
  • Introduces readers to a spunky, adventurous mother, a character that is perhaps under-represented in mainstream children’s literature.
  • Captures the joys of a childhood spent in close proximity to nature.
  • Ideal text for middle-school and multicultural classrooms.



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