>Colors have been there as long as we can remember, till it dates back to ramayan or mahabharat infact. There has been a color description attached to the clothes, from the white of the purity to the saffron of the rishis to the pink, blue and red for the youth. Ever wondered where these colors came from?
How did the people in the faraway age when synthetic means were not known, make their colors? Does this question make you think even for a second? If yes in that this is the book for you (well actually its for you child )
The Mystery of Blue is a book which takes us 1000 years back to a small town in South of India, the deccan region to be precise and introduces the child to how in that age the dyers and weavers used to make colors using various plants, the leaves, the flowers and also the roots. Its a story of a town where all colors exist but blue and how the girl Kunku and her pegion take up the task to somehow learn to make blue color for the village.
The book targets a reader of 6+ and has great visuals to go with it, explains the concept in a simple yet evocative manner. The child is introduced to the world of colors and how they are made in such a simplistic yet interesting way that its amazing.
Will it be enough to say about the book if I say that my hyper active 3.5 year old son sat through the book when I read it to him the first time? The book has brilliant big visuals which can keep a young child interested in the book too. When I read this book to my son I could see him getting curious about various things, asking more questions on how and why of colors, later I saw him taking a reddish leaf that had fallen down and rubbing to see if it will make red color so that he color is bat red And next morning he brought the book to me and said mumma lets see which color is Kunku making today
If u have kids at home I would suggest to pick up this one ASAP
Book Name – The Mystery of Blue
Story by – Muriel Kakani
Art by – Boski Jain