In A Competitive World, Treasure The Magic Of Friendship
In a competitive culture where everything is a race and excellence is the only acceptable destination, a gentle lesson about mutual support and tolerance is a breath of fresh air. In The Magic of Friendship (Kommuru Books) by Subhash Kommuru, the focus is on friendship and its healing effect while the story is spoken from the viewpoint of a father and son in a multi-generation relationship.
The story is set in Tadoba, a real forest in India, during a traditional Kojagiri festival observed in the winter when family, friends, and neighbors gather in the evening and share food, laughs and have a good time. The Magic of Friendship is a remarkable tale of the transformative power of companionship, particularly for someone who is lonely and never really had the gift of laughter.
Guaranteed to get a giggle out of kids, The Magic of Friendship also provides plenty of opportunities for readers to connect with the characters in richly detailed, mesmerizing illustrations. The picture book is perfect for read-aloud fun and is also appropriate for beginning readers.
Subhash Kommuru migrated to the United States along with his memories of childhood and youth. Now he is a parent; like every immigrant, he longs to introduce his child to the culture and values of his upbringing. Yet it can be challenging to teach something while you are in the midst of adjusting to a different culture yourself. These stories are his attempt to share a glimpse of his childhood days with his five-year-old son, his inspiration to write short stories that have meaning and provide teaching in some shape or form.
D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review: “The Magic of Friendship aims for something more and stands above most others in pairing vivid, colorful animal drawings (by Arul Anugragh Ross) with a narrative that…offers some satisfying differences….It takes a wise old bird’s observation to point out the real value of friendship and its world-changing potentials in this winning, feel-good story perfect for read-aloud or young picture book readers.”
Ms. Anita Lock, Pacific Book Review (5 Stars): “The Magic of Friendship is a delightful allegorical story….Incorporating themes of bullying and friendship amid the Indian culture, Kommuru’s recent book has great potential to connect with children internationally….Kommuru…. raises the awareness that bullies in reality are pretty miserable people….opens opportunities for children to learn and ask questions about another part of the world….not just a fascinating read. Wonderfully written with aptly complementing illustrations, it is also a welcomed addition to children’s literature.”
Ms. M. Cogswell, teacher: “…a wonderful story about friendship….had kids giggling and listening the whole way through. I would recommend this book for any classroom or family.”
Mrs. K. Harlan, teacher: “…a heartwarming story that touches the hearts of both young and old! The characters come to life through the vibrant illustrations and wise words! The moral of the story rings true…The Magic of Friendship is learning to not only love people for their unique qualities but to love ourselves, too!”
Christina Santos Mosher, Ed.D.: “A fun and heartwarming story that teaches children about friendships and the importance of embracing different talents. This book is sure to be an instant favorite by children and adults alike!”