Potpourri: stories for children by Urvashi Tandon.

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The sea fascinates Isabelle, and Robert loves his treehouse. Anna’s adventures are exhilarating, and it is gratifying to see Prakash achieving his goals.
Save the planet!
What kind of society do we live in today?
Kids these days just won’t listen!
Potpourri attempts to address these issues by creating awareness in the pre adolescent age group who are at an age where they begin to understand and distinguish right from wrong. These short stories that integrate both fantasy and reality, manage to instil values and contribute to a better tomorrow.




Potpourri is a collection of 10 children stories which can be read out or given them to read. The stories are 4-5 pages long and very interactive because of the use of colourful graphics. Good imagery. Each of the ten stories have a small teaching based on our morals that we have been taught for a long time.
1) isabelle’s day at the beach: the first story teaches us the value about small things in life.
2) rohan and the talking parrot : rohan realizes what freedom is.
3) rajah and his best friend :teaches sharing is caring and about humanity.
4)anna and the buzz be: makes us realize that imagination is necessary and how happiness is important.
5)prakash wins a prize : teaches that dedication and health is very important.
6) sheru does a good turn :dogs are our best of friends.
7) a memorable vacation : how journeys have a vague route and could end up in different things.
8) the classroom disaster:how kindness saves the day and also how to learn from mistakes and bullying doesn’t lead you anywhere.
9) deepak gets rewarded :honesty is the best policy
10) uma gets lost at the farm :beauty of nature.

I loved the imagination and simple words. The graphics go along well with the words.
A great book.

James allen – Be your own sunshine.



Be your own sunshine is a collection of four works by James Allen that sum up the Hows, Whys and Whats of Taming the mind and its infinite energies, of channelizing the power of positive thinking, and striking a balance between the inner world of our thoughts as against the outer world of action. As a man Thinketh maps out the way in which our thoughts can affect our physical, mental, emotional and social health. It also discusses ways in which we can use our visions and ideas to lead us to peace of mind. From passion to peace is a step by step discussion on conquering the factors within us that hinder us from achieving success. Man: king of mind, body and circumstance aims at freeing us from the slavery of our negative and binding thoughts, enabling us to conquer our inhibitions and set our spirit free. Foundation stones to happiness and success help us lay the foundation for a stronger self, with the right balance of thoughts, speech and its implementation in action.

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James allen books are famous for his thought process and the self help books. This book is also a masterpiece with some advice for the beginner’s. The cover of the book is simple and has a peaceful vibe around it. The book has self help broken down into small pieces with well formed examples that will help you relate well to it and form some solutions to you.
The author has broken down right from the very thought process to actions and where are the things that we do go wrong. How our actions and thoughts are what we need to work upon. You will find the book to be relatable and helpful. In the end there is a short foreword which can be referred back to again and over again. The simple words and examples is what sets this book to be a bit different and unique.
There are small quotes and poems too which are a great takeaway from the book.