Kaka, the wicked crow, wants to eat Munni's eggs. But Munni is a very clever sparrow. As she sends Kaka on a wild goose chase, we get to meet many more clever characters, bringing alive the magic of village life in Punjab in India.
The audio version, read out by Richa Chaddha can be heard on soundcloud.
“…So here’s a refreshing look at a folktale from Punjab retold and illustrated by Natasha Sharma. Her storytelling is straightforward and the language is simple. The sentences are not too long and the dialogues sound like day to day conversation. The story is depicted with some very interesting collage work. The intricate design on the paper which looks like folk art in places lends itself perfectly to the folktale, making it complete.
The collage art for the illustrations are well composed and so are the stylized paper cuts of animals, birds and scenery. The colors are soothing, refreshing and stand out very nicely against the white paper.
Folktales will never lose their charm and can always find their way into the hearts of children even today when storytellers like Natasha add some uniqueness to them. So here is a visual treat for kids and parents alike who like folktales. This is a harmoniously written and designed book….” – Savio Mascarenhas, Art director Tinkle magazine. From his review on goodbooks.
Kaka and Munni is a cumulative tale, partly in verse, starringclever sparrow Munni andKaka, the crow she outwits.Munni sits quietly in her nest by the wheat fields. Along comes the village bully, Kaka, intending to snack on her eggs. Quick thinking Munni agrees, but asks Kaka to go wash his beak first. Silly Kaka, who is very vain about his appearance, is upset by the idea of not looking his best and agrees. Only, things aren’t going to be as simple as that, are they? He asks the stream for water to wash himself, only to be told to fetch a cup first. So he goes to the potter for a cup, only to be told to fetch some mud. And the fields are baked hard in the summer sun, so Kaka needs a sharp tool to dig up the mud. And so on, until Kaka learns a painful lesson.
I enjoyed the rich, vibrant colours of the illustrations in this book, and the innovative way scale has been played with. The lively mix of textures, prints and colours makes each page a pleasure to pore over, even rub with your fingers.I did feel sorry for poor Kaka, though!
Incidentally, the author/ illustrator, also gave us the hilarious Icky, Yucky, Mucky -Reviewed on SAFFRON TREE