If you were a little seed, safe and warm, nestled down in the earth, wouldn’t you always want to stay there? This is the story of how one gul-e-abbas breaks out of her safe home and grows outwards and upwards, towards the light. But if even the most beautiful flower must fade and die, what is the purpose of life?
A poignant tale of how the meaning of one life is to bring joy to another.
This folktale has been retold by India’s third President, Dr Zakir Husain. ‘For all children,’ he wrote, ‘the first books they read are the key to the magic of the world.’
Translated into English, by the author’s great-granddaughter Samina Mishra, these books will delight anyone learning to read for the first time, and are perfect for parents and teachers to read aloud. With colourful illustrations and simple text, they can unlock the wonderful world of a child’s imagination…