Title : The Gijjigadus and the Fireflies
Author : Gopini Karunakar
Illustrator : Atanu Roy
Publisher : Katha
After reading this book I had great appreciation for the lovely imagination of the author. The story begins with Gijjigudas , the golden sparrows, flying to the Kingdom of Gods with a very genuine request. Their nests are dark, they do not have light and in the absence of anything lit in their nests, their children are scared at night. They also need light, which is so easily available to so many living creatures and they support their argument by showing the Gods - the light in the homes of humans, the light emitting gems of cobras and the shining eyes of owls, all of which are adequate to ward off darkness from their respective lives. The God- Devuda and the gijjigudas brainstorm together to find the solution to this unique problem.
Are they able to find any solution? Will gijjigudas ever get any light in their dark nests? Who will help them light their nests ?
A beautiful subtle lesson on - how friendly and symbiotic this whole nature is - so self sustaining and so selfless.
An interesting activity on helpful bugs at the end is an added bonus. It is a huge book, each page brings a treat for the eyes in the form of detailed art work by Atanu Roy. The beautiful and liberal usage of almost all sections of the colour palette make this whole book a visual treat and a delightful reading experience which you would not want to miss.