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★.
Title: A Princess’s Quest for Knowledge
Author: Soumya Torvi
Genre: Children’s Fiction
No. of Pages: 88
Publisher: Srishti Publishers
Rating: 8 out of 10