The Pachaihara Forest is a peaceful place, where all animals (even lions) are vegetarians, and lived in harmony with each other (well, almost). Reading this introduction brought a smile, and I felt that I was in for a fun read. The Crooked Crow is the first book of the series.
Most animals in the forest try to adjust with each other, but one decides to take advantage of the others’ kindness. That one animal is Kaakoojam, the crow. He does it often, stealing food even when others share it with him willingly, hoping it’ll stop his thieving ways. But how long will the denizens of the forest be patient with the crooked crow?
This would make a wonderful bedtime story, no doubt there. There are morals that children can learn, be shown. There is a very kind sparrow Chiruvee, the most helpful one in the forest, willing to let Kako the Crow into her home even after he is banished by the forest council. I liked that there are such people too. Does Kako turn a new leaf? No, but he does get taken down a notch. I liked the ending and it made me smile, but I won’t spoil it here. You can read the story to find out Kako’s fate.
It’s a short book, so it does flow quickly and is engaging, narrated in a way that children would enjoy hearing, or even to read out loud. The character names are fun too. A special mention to Shriya, the illustrator of this book, a student of ninth grade (at the time the book was published). Her art does bring the forest to life.
The book, in its brevity, does have good characters and a bad one. It’s true to life too, because characters like Kako exist in our worlds as well. The book shows kindness and patience needn’t always be a solution, and that tit for tat is needed at times to bring such bad characters down. It’s a book I would re-read, and I will read the rest of the Pachaihara tales soon too.
|Title: The Crooked Crow||Series: Pachaihara Forest #1|
|Author(s): A.R. Sara||Genre: Children’s Fiction|
|ISBN/ASIN: B00A3X2CPA||Publisher: Self-published|
(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
21st March 2018)