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Grandma's Bag of Stories - Collection of 20+ Illustrated short stories, traditional Indian folk tales for all ages for children of all ages by Sudha Murty

Sudha Murty

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Completed on 10 June 2022
ISBN : 9780143333623

Over 20 short stories, ideal for children of ages 5 and up Includes popular stories: ‘The Princess’ New Clothes’, ‘Roopa’s Great Escape’ and ‘The Unending Story’ Every story is accompanied by colourful illustrations Lucid and simple language of the book makes reading a pleasure. Memories of a grandparent spinning tales around animals and mysterious characters have kept many of us rapt till date. Sudha Murty’s Grandma’s Bag of Stories is simply delightful. The story starts with Anand, Krishna, Raghu and Meena arriving at their grandparents’ house in Shiggaon. Overjoyed Ajji and Ajja(Grandmother and grandfather in Kannada) get the house ready, while Ajji prepares delicious snacks for children. Finally, times comes when everyone gathers around Ajji, as she opens her big bag of stories. She tells stories of kings and cheats, princesses and onions, monkeys and mice and scorpions and hidden treasures. Though unlikely in combination, stories makes perfect sense when Grandma is the one narrating them. 


"Grandma's Bag of Stories" by Sudha Murty is a delightful collection of heartwarming tales that takes readers on a nostalgic journey back to their childhood. Through the eyes of the author, readers are transported to a time when storytelling was a cherished tradition, and grandparents held the key to a treasure trove of captivating narratives. One of the book's greatest strengths is Sudha Murty's ability to capture the essence of storytelling and its significance in building bonds and imparting wisdom. Each story is narrated by a grandmother to her grandchildren, evoking a sense of warmth, love, and a connection to one's cultural heritage. The simplicity of the storytelling style allows readers of all ages to be fully immersed in the tales, bringing back memories of their own interactions with their grandparents. The collection offers a wide range of stories, encompassing folklore, moral tales, and anecdotes that teach valuable life lessons. From the mischievous antics of clever animals to tales of bravery, friendship, and compassion, each story carries a unique message that resonates with readers. Sudha Murty skillfully weaves together elements of humor, adventure, and emotion, creating a tapestry of narratives that are both entertaining and thought-provoking. One of the standout features of the book is its ability to transport readers to different regions of India through the diversity of stories. Sudha Murty beautifully captures the cultural nuances and traditions of various Indian states, providing readers with a glimpse into the rich tapestry of the country's folklore and oral traditions. This not only adds depth and authenticity to the stories but also encourages readers to appreciate the diversity and beauty of India's cultural heritage. The characters in the book are relatable and endearing, reflecting the values and virtues that are universally cherished. Through these characters, Sudha Murty imparts timeless wisdom and moral lessons, encouraging readers to reflect on their own actions and choices. The stories serve as gentle reminders of the importance of honesty, compassion, and resilience in navigating life's challenges. "Grandma's Bag of Stories" is not just a collection of stories; it is a celebration of the bond between grandparents and grandchildren. It highlights the unique role that grandparents play in passing down traditions, instilling values, and creating cherished memories. The book encourages readers to appreciate the wisdom and experiences of their elders, fostering a deeper connection to their own family heritage. In conclusion, "Grandma's Bag of Stories" is a delightful and heartwarming book that captures the magic of storytelling. Sudha Murty's ability to transport readers to a world of imagination, wisdom, and cultural richness is truly remarkable. It is a book that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages, bringing back fond memories and reminding us of the timeless lessons embedded in traditional tales. Sudha Murty's storytelling prowess and her ability to evoke nostalgia make this book a true gem in the world of children's literature.


Grandma’s Bag of Stories is a beautiful collection of interesting stories to share with kids from the pen of very popular author Mrs. Sudha Murthy. The book will take you through the memory lane of your childhood days spent at your grandparent’s home. Sudha Murty’s Grandma’s Bag of Stories is simply wonderful and full of engaging stories of monkeys and mice, kings and cheats, scorpions and hidden treasures and princesses and onions. The book starts with the grandmother Ajji waiting for her grandkids Raghu and Meenu to arrive for summer vacations. The other pair of sibling Anand and Krishna had already arrived. The craziness and fondness of the kids for their Ajji is what is narrated in the first chapter of the book. How the kids loved to listen to Ajji’s funny and wonderful stories. The conversation between Ajji and her grandchildren is interesting and engaging. It lets us dig into the kind of bondings and inspiration grandparents can have on today’s younger generation. The book takes you on a journey from a real world to the world of fantasies and fiction. The children in the story learn about the village life, farmers, birds, and animals while walking in the paddy fields with their grandfather. On the other hand, they learn about the moral values, culture and different virtues of life from the stories narrated to them by their loving and affectionate grandmother. After narrating every story the grandmother discusses it with the kids in the first few stories. And this is the part which brings the crux of every story they listened. The visualizations the kids went to and the lessons they learned are all discussed at last which further increases the curiosity of the reader to read all the stories covered in the book. Ajji’s stories are based on the values of courage, intelligence, foresight, and kindness. There are stories where she tells the significance of listening to others, how with the help of intelligent people in our life we can overcome any problems. The importance of being active in life, the goals that can be achieved through courage and determination, our outlook and perception of things and a lot of other emotions and values are discussed via engaging, interesting stories of different characters. The characters are so lively and imaginable that one starts connecting with them. There are stories about shopkeepers, mouse, kings, Gods, sculptors and other people. The author Sudha Murthy has no doubt done a wonderful job of highlighting the importance of family bondings. In between the storytelling sessions, the family chores are very well inserted by the author. The concept of the grandmother telling a story a day is really nice as it keeps the stories length at a pace enough for young readers to carry on with their reading habit. This book is truly one of the finest books of short stories. The language used in the book is simple and easy to understand with the inclusion of new words for kids to learn. I would recommend this to be a part of your kid’s books library. Do grab your edition here and enjoy reading it with your kids.

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