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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Let us meet Stickle, the squirrel who lives with her Mama, Dada, and brother in the mango tree. She plays with her friends and collects berries in the morning and then sleeps the rest of the time. Stickle wants to be famous in the woods and her parents support her dream. She asks herself a list of jobs and answers out loud. She does not want to become a doctor because she hates needles, her voice is not sweet so she does not want to become a singer like Dada, and she does not want to become a mechanic like her uncle because she does not like getting her hands dirty. Her list becomes smaller and finally, she thinks it is easy to become a scientist. What happens after that? Will she enjoy being a scientist? Let us read the story to find out.
The Delicious Shadow by Srividhya Lakshmanan is an adorable story that takes children along with Stickle and the choice of jobs she wants to do. The illustrations by Akansha Krishnan are bright and colorful and they make the scenes and the characters palpable to young readers. Stickle's character has been well sketched, and it is real and relatable to readers. The story also conveys a good message to readers; not to decide things in a hurry. The book can be used for read-aloud and storytelling sessions in classrooms by tutors and also by parents at home to encourage their children to find their passion without rushing.