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Book Review: Flute in the Forest, by Leela Gour Broome

About the author:
Leela Gour Broome an Indian author who lives near Pune. She enjoys playing with words – painting her puns into cartoons or cooking up real and imaginary yarns for children or anyone else who is willing to listen.

Thoughts from cover and blurb:
A light read about a young girl’s life as she discovers her dreams, her passions and her life itself.

My thoughts on the book:
It was pure luck that this book came into my possession. I saw the title staring at me from the shelves at Landmark and I just knew that I wanted it. And the book did not disappoint.

Flute in the Forest is a simple tale, about a young girl who stays in a sanctuary with her father, who is the forest ranger there. Her mother left them for a career on the stage, after Atiya, the girl, was afflicted by polio. After that happened, her father became even more protective of her, and stopped music from her life so she didn’t get attracted to the stage.
She loves her father very much, and knows the forest like the back of her hand. When her classmates tease her endlessly because of her limp, she goes off on adventures in other parts of the forest. Once, she hears a flute and is mesmerized by its magic. The story, titled on this instance, follows young Atiya’s life.

The story does justice to the thoughts and actions of a young child who has been brought up almost as an adult itself. She’s responsible, thoughtful and wise, as well as innocent and cheeky. The language is simple, as is needed in a children’s fiction. The flow is nice. There are morals and good character values explored through the tale. It shows a power that is there in music. Lots of things to enjoy, that’s for sure. I like Atiya and the Ogre Uncle’s characters.

If at all, something is there to feel let down, maybe it is a hint of predictability to certain events. And maybe a premature end to a growing friendship. Just when that part is getting enjoyable, it ends, though not in an abrupt way. I wanted to know more about Atiya and Gopal etc. So a little more lengthier novel would have been even better!

Otherwise, overall, this is a tale as enchanting and magical as the title. It’s a light read, refreshing, with some nice illustrations along with the chapter names. I’d recommend it as worth reading, and it goes into my favorite books.

Rated a 9/10
Rated a 9/10

Book details:
Title: Flute in the Forest
Author: Leela Gour Broome
Genre: Children’s Fiction
ISBN: 978-0-143-33160-5
Publishers: Puffin Publications
Price: INR. 199


This book is a personal copy. No payment was taken for this review.
The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced.

Shared with
1) First Reads Challenge at b00k r3vi3ws
2) Indian Quills Reading Challenge at Tales Pensieve.

(July 20th, 2013)