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Fascinating Folktales of Punjab: book signing

By Suzanne Sen
May 2016
Fascinating Folktales of Punjab: book signing


Book signing. (Photo: Suzanne Sen)

Gurmeet Kaur has been publishing high quality Punjabi folk literature for children that is fun, educational, and inspiring. Her books teach children Punjabi culture while bringing the stories that are being forgotten back to life. Her three latest books were launched with a reading for children and a book signing at the Gurdwara Sahib in Stone Mountain, Georgia on April 3, 2016.

Fascinating Folktales of Punjab-#6,7,&8 is a set of three new hardcover books (with five folktales) created to appeal to children of ages 5 and up while preserving the ancient folk stories from Punjab, in Punjabi (Gurmukhi script), English, and Romanized Punjabi. The large books are child-friendly and environment-friendly, printed on acid free, responsibly forested thick paper with soy based inks. The one hundred and fifty six pages in rich, vibrant colors make the characters come to life and are spectacularly illustrated by Chaaya Prabhat in fanciful style with authentic Punjabi artifacts and landscape in mind. Each story is presented lyrically and has a moral. The language is indigenous, idiomatic, and reflective of many Punjabi dialects with a glossary of difficult words included for each story.




Fanciful, vibrant illustrations accompany ancient stories in Gurmukhi, English, and Romanized Punjabi. (Photo: Suzanne Sen)

Previously published books include five smaller, laminated board books for young children with titles such as The Sparrow and the Pippal, The Lamb and the Dhol, and The Farmer and the Dove. Titles of the newest books are The Rooster’s Wedding, Tales of The Mouse & The Snake, and Tales of The Parrots & The Berries.



Children enthralled by the lively tales. (Photo: Suzanne Sen)

[The article above appears only on the website for May 2016, not in the May print/digital issues.]

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