How did I get the book?
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Genre: Picture Book
Synopsis: Lakshmi and Sundari are an unusual pair of twins with an unusual connection . . . But not everyone knows how special they are until they’re both called upon to save the day. Kavitha Mandana tells this story with brilliance and warmth, while Nayantara Surendranath lends vibrancy to it with her magnificent artwork.
200words (or less) review: Being asked to review this book was interesting for a few reasons. Picture books are still relatively new to Luna’s Little Library so I tend to select them based on the accompanying artwork. Also in this case I freely admit that I looked up Chamundeshwari because I don’t know much about Hindu gods/goddesses.
Sundari is the daughter of a kings chief mahout and is born the same day as Lakshmi. One might be an elephant and the other a girl but they share a special bond. The story is about Sundari wanting to follow in her father’s footsteps but as a girl this isn’t considered an option, the same way Lakshmi as a cow Elephant isn’t considered suitable to lead the parade.
Despite me looking up Chamundeshwari, I think you can enjoy this book as a story of someone believing in themselves and overcoming obstacles to achieve their dream.
I originally picked A Pair of Twins from the list the publisher sent because of Nayantara Surendranath artwork – it’s beautiful. The pages are colourful and lively. I can see children being captivated by them.