Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Wonderful World of Eric Carle


The secret of Eric Carle’s books’ appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.The themes of his stories are usually drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature—an interest shared by most small children. Besides being beautiful and entertaining, his books always offer the child the opportunity to learn something about the world around them. It is his concern for children, for their feelings and their inquisitiveness, for their creativity and their intellectual growth that, in addition to his beautiful artwork, makes the reading of his books such a stimulating and lasting experience.

Carle says: “With many of my books I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me home represents, or should represent; warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child. Will it be a happy place? There are new people, a teacher, classmates—will they be friendly?

I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown. The unknown often brings fear with it. In my books I try to counteract this fear, to replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are naturally creative and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun.”

You may order for books by Eric Carle for the children in Ladakh from the ‘friendsoflikir’ Wishlist on flipkart These are books we require in sets of 10.

Write in to us at for queries. O’ju-le.


Books on the Eve Of Christmas



I was wondering what to contribute ever since I came to know about Friends of Likir. And I am glad I took my time when I discovered libraries were to be set up for the children in Ladakh this new year.

There is a quaint, street bookstore near my house right in the midst of Bombay’s chaotic life. It’s a tranquil place I visit whenever I want to buy books. A young man, Jiten Maurya who is from Uttar Pradesh owns this shop that is sandwiched between a regular residential building and a big grocery store. The shop is in fact inside the parking area and all the books rest on shelves and on the floor. He has the most eclectic book collection and also, a street library for old and new books.

I would often miss the kid’s section, which I have lately found out has little story books, beautifully illustrated books of all shapes and sizes because they were of no use to me.

I went back there one evening, sat and sifted through all the kid’s books. I hand-picked all of them because this is a second hand book shop. There were rare story books some of which are no longer published. While choosing them, I put myself in the shoes of young children who had no exposure or source to such delightful books. I wondered what I’d like to read about if I lived in the high altitude mountains of Ladakh ..and then I knew exactly what to pick! 

Some of the books in the box:  Mr Rabbit and The Lovely Present’ published in 1962 and written by Maurice Sendak, lots of Scholastic books, The Weathervane, Snow White, Kipper, Winnie the Pooh and loads more.

The boy who owns the shop was very kind and helpful, he even asked me “Yeh kiskey liye hain?” I said “ Ek Madam hai joh baccho ko padhatey hain aur woh bohot duur jaaney waley hain. Yeh sab lekar. Toh mera help karo acchey books dhoondney main”. He then sat with me and we wiped all of them clean, erased pencil marks if any and here they are.

When I was done, quite coincidentally I also stumbled upon a book from the classic Mr.Men and Little Miss series by Roger Hargreaves. This one was of Little Miss Helpful. They make them into t-shirts and pillows these days.

A few days later, I was crossing the street and I hear this familiar voice. It was the bookstore boy calling out to tell me that  he’d found 6 more books and his next stock was coming in January. The boy asked, ‘Madam kaisey hai chale gaye Kya Ladakh? I said, ‘Nahi abhi time hai aur Madam tumharey books se bohot khush hai’. Big smile on his face…

Here are some pictures of the place, Jiten and the books. I brought them to Ahmedabad on Christmas Eve.

Nikhil F.

Busy Spiders Are We..


                                                           As you may have observed, busy as spiders are we..

We are gradually collecting children’s books to set up libraries in the 10 schools for April. I shall be there for 6 months and apart from setting up these libraries and delightful reading spaces, would be conducting learning modules that inculcate listening, speaking and reading skills & teacher training workshops.

Interior designers interested in volunteering their design skills- this may be a delightful opportunity to recreate a reading room.

Volunteers that would be willing to travel to Ladakh and dedicate time, please write in.

-YES! We are on the look out for a efficient web-designer who knows everything that needs to be done and executes (who I don’t feel the need to constantly badger!)

-Individuals that would like to browse and buy online, you may visit  Tara and Zubaan books or select from the books we frequently posted on Friends of Likir, our facebook page (Ideally, we’d like 10 sets of each book- but, we’ll share each valuable contribution)

I have put together and ordered a list of books that in my teaching experience would be a valuable resource to the children. We would require sponsors for each of these libraries. If you would like to sponsor libraries or need further assistance please write to