How often has it happened that you stay all your life in one city and yet never fully explore or discover it? I have lived all my life in Delhi and yet never been to many historical landmarks like Jama Masjid, humayun’s tomb and more recently the Akshardham Temple. Let us not even mention other cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru etc. I have visited these cities many times but never really explored them in-depth.
It is important that our kids know more about our beautiful heritage, culture and historical landmarks. What if there was a way to teach about all this, increase their vocabulary while having fun? Fun OK Please is a new age publisher which specializes in creating contemporary Indian content for kids. The high point of Fun OK Please books are that they are filled with exercises and activities which make learning fun and lively.
Their latest offering is366 Words in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata. I am reviewing the 366 Words in Delhi which is all about the Nation’s capital, its rich history and the modern developments.
366 Words in Delhi
Publishers : Fun OK Please
Price: Rs 150/-
The premise of the book is that children learn one word a day about each city so that at the end of the year they would have added 366 new words to their vocabulary. The book has everything you need to know about a city, from its landmarks, places of worship, parks to festivals and cuisines. Delhi being a melting pot of cultures, you can find a range of information here.
The book begins with a How to use guide for parents. I like that it gives different methods of introducing the book to both younger and older kids. The table of contents is neatly divided into various categories. The book then proceeds with a map of Delhi with famous areas highlighted. My daughter was tickled to trace our journey from the Delhi to Gurgaon.
The book goes on to give detailed and amzing facts about Delhi and its culture. For example did you know that Delhi was a walled city with fourteen gates and of which 5 are still present? Also Delhi is in the top 10 of Asia’s greenest cities? (Jaw dropping right!!) or that it was named after a Mauryan king “Dhillu”"?
Each page has a huge scene at the centre and at the sides various icons are given which kids can find in the scene and learn about them. The book covers almost all important landmarks in Delhi including our very own Delhi Metro.Samaira was quick to recognize it and loved to point out various icons like driver, headlights, clock etc. She was also very curious about Akshardham temple which looked like a palace to her and made her dad promise to take her there soon. Also, when she found out that there was a place in Delhi filled with Dolls from all over the world, she just had to go there. So, we will be making the trip soon.
The book has an exercise at the end where kids have to point out where in Delhi can they find the various items listed.
Why we loved this book
I love, love the illustrations and the vivid imagery of the book. It is perfect to attract young kids and even if your child can’t read yet, they will be able to enjoy the book.
This book is like a children’s guide map and I think for older kids it would make a great companion while travelling to these cities.
I think the book’s mission is to instill curiosity in Children about their own city as well as the other cities. The book achieves this beautifully, even a three-year old’s interest was piqued and she loved this virtual tour of the city.
The words that your child will learn will definitely enrich their vocabulary and for children who can read the book also serves as a pictionary.
Most of all, I think in today’s world where kids are engulfed with foreign culture and images it is important to have these books for kids which help them learn more about their roots while having a lot of fun.
Now that we have had a taste of the Delhi version we are looking forward to reading the other books in the series i.e. 366 words in Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata.
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How do you make sure that your kids learn more about your city’s culture?
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