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Book Review: A Princess’s Quest for Knowledge, by Soumya Torvi

Children’s fiction brings a wonderful break from other genres more often than not. I love reading them for that reason. The author Soumya Torvi approached me for a review of this book and I was quite happy to accept. The cover itself was appealing, and the blurb only added to the curiousity.

The book shares the story of Princess Vaishali who wants to study in a gurukul but is not allowed as only boys learn there. Her penance and determination to learn pleases the Lord who shows her a way and also sends her on an adventure.

The language is simple enough for children to understand while reading or being read to, and it is engaging as well. The adventure is interesting, kind of like a treasure hunt with one clue leading to another. In a way, one of the events even reflects Kali Yuga.

I like the illustrations in the book too. If they were a bit bigger, it could have doubled up as a colouring book for kids (it still could, but I think the lines are too small for colouring in, tbh). I also think that the naming might have been a little more consistent. But these are minor things.

The story is around 80 pages including illustrations and in large print. It’s a one hour read for me, although children may take more time I guess. I wish it had been a longer book because it had a promising adventure in it, but it’s a good debut nonetheless. Definitely worth a read. 4★.

A Score Of 8 Out Of 10

Book Details:
Title: A Princess’s Quest for Knowledge
Author: Soumya Torvi
Genre: Children’s Fiction
ISBN/ASIN: 9789387022683
No. of Pages: 88
Publisher: Srishti Publishers
Rating: 8 out of 10

Vinay Leo R.
© A Bookworm’s Musing
17th July. 2019


Poetry and writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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