The Magic of Friendship

The Magic of Friendship

by Subhash Kommuru


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ISBN-13: 9780990317814
Publisher: Kommuru Books
Publication date: 08/25/2014
Pages: 42
Sales rank: 1,138,396
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.09(d)
Age Range: 2 - 6 Years

About the Author

Award Winning author Subhash Kommuru migrated to the United States along with his memories of childhood and youth. Now he is a parent; like every immigrant, he longs to introduce his child to the culture and values of his upbringing. Yet it can be challenging to teach something while you are in the midst of adjusting to a different culture yourself. These stories are his attempt to share a glimpse of his childhood days with his five-year-old son, his inspiration to write short stories that have meaning and provide teaching in some shape or form.

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The Magic of Friendship 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
The animals of the Tadoba forest are all afraid of Babbar, the tiger. He is very scary and is said to have killed a flock of geese with his roar alone. "He is the undisputed king of Tadoba. He can get anything he wants anytime he wants ... except for happiness." Then Babbar meets the comedic donkey Hasmukh, who is full of life but also scares easily. Will a friendship blossom between this unlikely pair? The book begins with a handy list of the characters, including their pictures and names. What follows is a lovely tale of how opposites attract and how friendship can change us ... for the better. It reinforces the fact that all of us have our own talents and that we are all uniquely ourselves. The delightful illustrations by Arul Anugragh Ross complement the text perfectly. I received this book in return for an honest review.
kainshottie More than 1 year ago
Friendship is something that is hard to explain to children. They innately know they want people to like them, but what is the benefit? This book shows how a friendship can change someone. The animals are traveling for the winter and begin to take a detour around the Tadoba Forest because of the terrible Babbar. Babbar is a tiger that is known for scaring everyone. Almost an entire flock of geese died because of him. They rest before continuing their journey around the forest and celebrated a holiday that night. The donkey makes everyone laugh during this time and Babbar sees from the forest. He wants to learn to make animals laugh so that he can be happy. He tells donkey to teach him, which he agrees as long as Babbar will teach him to be scary. Neither succeeds in learning how to be like the other, but they become friends which gives donkey bravery and Babbar happiness. The forest is no longer dangerous due to the magic of this unlikely friendship. I really enjoyed this story. I thought it expressed how friendship changes people and makes their lives better very well. The art is cute and explanatory without the story as well.
Pacificbookreview More than 1 year ago
he Magic of Friendship is a delightful allegorical story about a gander that tells his juvenile son about a fierce tiger that incurs fear among all the animals in the Tadoba Forest. While the two prepare a time of celebration with other animals in the forest, they happen to fall upon a serendipitous object lesson. Incorporating themes of bullying and friendship amid the Indian culture, Kommuru’s recent book has great potential to connect with children internationally. Rising children’s author Kommuru, has created a story that aptly reflects his promise to always write sensible stories with some moral to them.  Additionally, Kommuru, in collaboration with graphic artist Ross, grabs the attention of young readers around the world from the get go by first introducing every child’s well-loved story characters:  animals.  Ross’s depictions deftly capture personalities that children can easily associate with in the bullying Babbar (a tiger), the lighthearted but fearful Hasmukh (a donkey), the prankish Ullu (an owl), the wise Captain (a gander), and the curious Chotu (his son). Kommuru is a true storyteller.  Written in third person, he opens his narrative with a conversation the Captain has with Chotu as they fly around, instead of over, the Tadoba Forest.  Captain intends not only to point out “the undisputed king of Tadoba,” but also to tell how he survived Babbar’s mighty roar.  Although young readers will quickly identify the father-child relationship between Captain and Chotu, and will be amused with Hasmukh’s and Ulle’s antics, they will be amused to find out that the Babbar has a soft side to his ferocious personality.  While keeping his sentences short, Kommuru’s narrative flows constantly amid characters engaged in conversation, in playful bantering, and in various funny and serious action scenes. Kommuru brings attention to the issue of bullying, and in particular the bully, without ever using those terms. The animals undoubtedly want to stay clear of Babbar. Compared to Ross’s warm and funny animals, designed with soft, rounded lines with muted colors, Babbar’s sharp, distinct lines and bold hues make him look mean. Yet it is the Captain who sees right through Babbar’s intimidating facade.  He recognizes that even though Babbar can get anything he wants, the truth is that he is sad. Kommuru indirectly raises the awareness that bullies in reality are pretty miserable people. Overpowering others ultimately does not garner happiness.  Kommuru balances his narrative by integrating an interesting and heart-warming turn of events when Babbar eventually builds a friendship with one of the least likely forest animals. Committed to introducing Indian culture into children’s literature, Kommuru has set The Magic of Friendship in the heart India amid an imagined Tadoba Forest, which is not that farfetched from the real Tadoba National Park and Tiger Reserve near Maharashtra, India.  Including other aspects of the country, such as the banyan tree — its national tree, and Kojagiri, an Indian term loosely related to a celebration, Kommuru’s story opens opportunities for children to learn and ask questions about another part of the world. Closing with a great moral that children will easily be able to figure out, The Magic of Friendship, is not just a fascinating read. Wonderfully written with aptly complementing illustrations, it is also a welcomed addition to children’s literature.