A few days back, I received a gift in my mail. I was happy to see that it was yet another book from my favorite children’s authors, Ayesha Marfani. I was eager to start this new book as soon as I could because it talked about fairy tales. And didn’t we all love fairy tales as children?
‘Fairy Tales of Ordinary Children’ starts off with a meeting between five friends, Tariq, Aminah, Zunaira, Abeera, and Asad. They often meet in a garden where they share their day to day problems and how they cannot do anything about those problems. In order to escape reality, they turn towards fairy tales to help lighten their moods.
They soon realize that each of their stories are remarkably similar to some well known fairy tales. So, they start believing in them and wait for some magic to happen that will change their lives too, as the lives of heroes and heroines in each of these fairy tales have changed.
As with each of her books, Ayesha has picked a very important topic. Fairy tales are a fantasy world, and that should be kept as just that. Children’s imagination is very wild in young age so as parents and elders, we should keep an eye that they are taking only good learning out of what they are reading. While magic beans and fairy god mothers are an appealing idea, children should be raised in a way that they know the importance of working hard.
The book is ideally for children aged 7 to 13 and have words that will also challenge and build your child’s vocabulary. The take home message is valuable and the activities at the end of the story, as with all of Ayesha’s books, are a fun way to conclude.
This story book is illustrated by Aisha Aamir wonderfully and it leave much to stir up a child’s own imagination.
All in all, a must have for your child’s book shelf. This is a book I will highly recommend for children and parents alike!