If I were ever to learn punctuations in school all over again, THIS is the book I would love to use. Natasha Sharma has come up with a fantastic concept to learn about punctuations with ‘Squiggle Takes A Walk’ published by Young Zubaan and Puffin Books. Beautifully illustrated by Vikram Nandwani, the book takes us through the use of punctuation marks in the most delightful manner.
Squiggle wonders who she is and what she should be doing. She takes a walk across a notebook and meets up with interesting characters like the question mark, comma, exclamation mark, colon and brackets and even quotation marks and ellipsis. What is she? She tries to find out after every encounter, but gets more and more muddled. Can she connect to the comma or colon? Does she finally figure out who she is?
I loved the narrative of the book. The author’s imagination is absolutely awesome. Who would have thought that punctuations can be so interesting and can actually be a part of a story. This is how punctuations should be taught to children in school and I will bet, no kid will ever make a mistake with punctuations ever.
Who would have thought that punctuations can be so interesting and can actually be a part of a story. This is how punctuations should be taught to children in school and I will bet, no kid will ever make a mistake with punctuations ever.
The little nuances added to each punctuation giving it a proper character and personality makes the book come alive. I loved the characterisation of each one of them. The narration is aptly supported by the illustrations and Vikram Nandani does a fabulous job bringing each punctuation to life. I think I am going to giggle every time I read the word squiggle and associate each punctuation to the illustration of the book.
I would definitely recommend the book in school curriculum as the book contains games and activities which will help children grasp the concepts better. A punctuation primer, some history on punctuations, use of punctuations in other languages as well as some super interesting games with punctuation make the book a delight to read and a superb addition to any collection. Go on and grab it to teach you kids punctuations in a proper way with loads of fun.
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Disclaimer: This book was sent to IMC by the author. IMC has not received any remuneration for the review. All views expressed in the review are that of the reviewer.