Author: Parvati Sharma
Illustrator: Meghna Menon
Publisher: Puffin Books
“Rattu is in a bad, mad mood. Her bossy older sister, Poorie, has taken her toys and gone off to play without her.
She wishes she had a soldier on a big horse, with a big sword, who would fight everybody and take her side. No sooner does she make the wish than the ground begins to shake, and suddenly, there’s not one, but two soldiers in her room!
So begin Rattu and Poorie’s grand adventures in the Uprising of 1857, and their encounters with its heroes: from Rani Lakshmi bai of Jhansi and the Maratha Peshwa, Nana Sahib, to the last Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar. Bursting with delightful illustrations, this is a rambunctious romp through Indian history.”
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The book “Rattu and Poorie’s adventures in history: 1857” is about two sisters. The book is about how people and events in 1857 are dreamt about by Rattu and how they help her. The book talks about three important events in that year. All of them are connected to the East India Company (EIC).
The book will teach the readers many fun facts about events that took place and people in 1857. The reader will learn bout what happened 163 years ago and how the EIC was trying to take over India.Rattu and her sister Poorie meet characters from Indian history who fought the EIC, like Rani Laxmibai and Bahadur Shah Zafar.
Did you know that the last Mughal emperor was made to flee from his palace and was exiled to Rangoon in Burma? I think, in 163 years we have found out that we do not need dictators, kings or queens!
Meghna Menon has illustrated the book very well. The book is very interesting for people who want to learn history in a fun manner. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a balance of information through text and illustrations.
I hope Parvati Sharma writes more of these books. It would be great!