There is not a single day that goes by without some news about our fragile environment. Depletion of forests, melting ice caps, rising temperatures, changing weather patterns, freak storms, the list is endless. All this caused by none other than us humans, the supposed custodians of Nature’s bounty. And if this continues, Earth’s future looks bleak. The sooner we take responsibility for our planet Earth, the better. But all is not lost, there is growing awareness across the world, and we have set forth our journey towards eco-sensitivity. The younger generation has taken things into their own hands and identify themselves as fellows for Nature.
Our little helpers in this compilation lend a voice to Nature. Will the four cousins stop the city folk from building a resort on lush forest land? Find out in Cheryl Rao’s A Different Dream. Meera’s Friends, the Trees by Jaishree Misra and Geetika Jain draws inspiration from the Chipko Movement which resonates even today, Meera protects the trees, her friends. Tara’s rather unusual guests teach Tara a lesson or two about forest life in Taara Tambe Forest Friend by Anita Vachharajani. Vijali: the Story of Lightning by Anjana has one simple message: water is precious, preserve it. Lavanya Karthik’s creative illustrations add a new dimension to every story.
Vijali and Meerashare their stories of courage while the forest helps Tara to wear a green lens changing her perspective towards the natural world. It becomes a different dream when the children fulfill their grandfather’s wish who loved Nature. With Nature weaved in seamlessly, the stories talk about Earth and her little helpers inspiring a change through the children and their narratives.