Maoist uprising has caused considerable turmoil in the country in recent past. In such an environment, the author of the book Mr. K.M. Dixit (2003) has done a wonderful job of writing for the innocent children. According to him, this piece of literary work “took shape in successive nights back in 1989 at my (Dixit’s) children’s bedside.” (Dixit, 2003)
The book has an interesting structure. It has been written in the form of a novelette. Basically it can be categorized for the children who are in the age group of 6 to 9 years (this categorization has been done by the ICDL). The language has simple grammar with use of lots of verbs and uncomplicated syntax. The sentences are generally short. Use of a rich vocabulary is copious at times, but the pleasure of smooth reading is yet not spoiled.
Besides the structural features, the content of the book is also immensely attractive. The hero of the novelette is a Nepalese frog whom the writer calls the Nepali Frog. The name of this frog is Bhaktaprasad Bhyaguto (note the use of proper noun); he is young and “barely out of his tadpole teens” (Dixit, 2003, p. 1). The frog is very curious and he feels extremely interested in his surroundings. Not only that, he wants to see the world beyond his normal physical and intellectual reach. So he starts traveling from Kathmandu to see the country. He meets the mango porter, arrives in the Tarai, and then moves ahead along the East-West Highway. He visits the rivers and mountains and is filled with excitement. He has strange experiences at Kali Gandaki, Kagbeni, La-Toh, etc. He meets the pilgrim frog at Muktinath and enjoys the myyaaah in the hillside valleys (myyaaah is the sound produced by cattle, especially mountainous goats). The most fabulous part of the story is come across when the frog is brought “back to Kathmandu in an airplane.” (Dixit, 2003) At the end of the ...Show more