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SANGEETH KURIAN

Now a treat for children in Malayalam.

Young book lovers’ here is your opportunity to make a foray into the world of Malayalam short stories and fantasies, DC books have come up with an exclusive imprint for children titled ‘Mambazham’ in connection with the World Book Day last week.

The multi-coloured books with an emphasis on pictures and illustrations include four titles-‘Oru Punnara Pakshi Katha’ by Prof S. Sivadas, ‘Akkudumuyal Appam Chuttu’ by Subhash Chandran, ‘Enthupatti Ente Neela Puvinu’ by Priya A.S. and ‘Ammayum Njanum’ by Abida Yusuf.

For the youth

The books are primarily aimed at children in the age group of 3 to 14 years, said R. Ramdas, senior assistant editor, DC Books. The books have been published keeping in mind the scarcity of children’s literature in Malayalam, he said.

Minister for Education M.A. Baby released the books here last week. According to him the publishing house is also planning to bring out the epics and world classics in Malayalam for children.

The idea is to take children beyond Panchathanthra and Aesop’s Fables. ‘Mambazham’ will give priority to stories written by upcoming writers. In addition to story books, the imprint, in future will also focus on poetry, science, environment and social studies, he said.

Mr. Ramdas also added that the publishing house has plans to come up with the CD version of the books in the future.

The inaugural function was also attended by George Onakkoor, novelist and literary critic and Robin D’cruz, director, State Institute for Childrens Literature.


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