Every time things don't go as planned. But it is important to make the best of what you have and adapt to it with a smile.. Find happiness in small things, don't give up and always be grateful.
'Dream On" my latest book is my attempt at, subtly yet effectively bringing through some simple, important values.
Finding a $100 bill on the road is a windfall we all desire. In this book the stories are centered around the unexpected discovery of $100 through the lives of the central characters. Schoolmates Jeremy and Rushil and a Syrian refugee Mohammad experience a range of emotions as the $100 impacts their lives in unique ways- igniting hope, happiness and a reason to dream. Through a series of coincidences the three stories are connected together teaching youngsters values of harmony, choices, friendship, love and hope.
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Life is 99% imagination and 1% reality for children.
Unbridled imagination is such an integral ingredient in every child’s early life, as it fuels creative thinking and mind development.
Charmingly illustrated to help narrate the stories easily, the stories I have penned are meant to help stimulate the creative senses of every child with a heady mix of wonder and fantasy.
The characters in each of my stories are relatable, yet imaginary. While they let a child’s mind wander, they ultimately showcase the virtues of life they should embrace at a young age.
As the ‘The lollipop tree’ unfolds, children get to believe in miracles and that being good to others should be the way of life. "The Pink Elephant" tells how hard work always pays. Ellie's attitude of going with the flow of things reaffirms their faith in resilience as things do not always go accordingly to plan in "Aruba".
As every mother can recount, never-ending story telling sessions are what makes motherhood enriching and memorable.
The stories I have penned are dear to me as I have narrated them to my children countless times and have enjoyed the wonder in their eyes every time I’ve done so.
I hope more children get to hear these stories and enjoy them as much as my kids did.
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"In these stories, the author, Sheetal Durve, does a wonderful job of sparking the imagination and creativity of young readers. Truly unique and special is the way in which she weaves a lesson throughout the stories. In Aruba, she teaches the lesson of empathy and kindness. In The Lollipop Garden, the lesson is that good happens to those who spread happiness, and in The Pink Elephant, children will learn that perseverance and faith can make the unimaginable possible. These lovely stories can be shared with your children time and again, because with each reading your child will be able to apply the lessons to a different event in their lives. They are a beautiful way to provide creative inspiration to your children."
- Associate Superintendent, American School of Dubai!
"I have seen Sheetal grow from a rookie visualiser to a fine Art Director at Enterprise. With this book, I'm delighted to see her blossom into a children's writer and an illustrator with her own unique style.
These delightful stories will not only transport a child to a magical world, a happy blend of Alice's Wonderland and Willy Wonka, they will do something much more important. I recently read a thought-provoking article that advocates a system of education that encourages inquiry in children over a system that relies on learning by rote. In this, both the timing and the format of this book are just perfect: it doesn't spoon-feed the morals in these stories to the children; rather, it inspires them to debate, to find answers for themselves. It motivates them to think. Now which parents wouldn't want that for his or her kids?"
- Founder, Enterprise Nexus