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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Written and illustrated by Karishma Muthukumar and Pratyush Muthukumar, Bridge, Volume 1: Linking Reality and Imagination is a delightful nonfiction children’s book that aims to entertain as well as inform its readers. Moving between what is real and what is imagined and with colorful illustrations, this is a style of teaching and learning that is both informative and entertaining. Poetry certainly meets science here because they are combined together to explain subjects like genetics, bacteria, DNA, RNA, pollination, diversity of life, fish, dinosaur and the like. In between these short topics are illustrations and poetry like The Museum, Hooked, Bamboo, My Grandma’s Stories, and Washing Up, among others.
It is common knowledge that the left and the right hemispheres of our brains have distinct functions and, with this in mind, Karishma Muthukumar and Pratyush Muthukumar designed this book to appeal to both thinkers. In so doing, they have created an impeccable sensory experience for their readers. Karishma is 13 years old while Pratyush is 10 years old and this makes Bridge, Volume 1: Linking Reality and Imagination really special. Utilizing perceptive poetry combined with interesting scientific concepts is indeed a unique way to teach and learn and it is certainly not boring. What is particularly curious to note here is that even adult readers can find this book informative and entertaining too. This is a little book that I would like to recommend to readers of all ages because its approach to learning should appeal to everyone. I am one of those who are looking forward to Volume 2 of Bridge: Linking Reality and Imagination.