Written by Rumana Husain, the award-winning author of 60 books for children, Jingles is a lively account of animals and how they sing in their own ‘language’ and dance in harmony to inspire humans to create soul-soothing music.
Elegantly illustrated — Rumana is a graphic designer too — this 20-page book would attract any young reader who gets to see it.
Only 46pc could read sentences in English designed for Grade 2.
Some critics feel that the reading habit cannot grow when good books are not being published.
While we are engaged in a story we are also imagining how a character is feeling.
Young children then bring this knowledge into their everyday play.
Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking.
As we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures.
It is a vicious cycle in which the publishing industry is trapped.
Since there are not enough readers, the economy of scale does not work to force down the price of books.