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A poet, playwright, novelist, musician, and a painter, Rabindranath Tagore was one of modern India’s greatest literary figures. He was the founder of Santiniketan, which later became an international university with a wide-ranging curriculum. Tagore, popularly known as “Gurudev”, won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 for the English version of his collection of poetry, Gitanjali. He was the first Indian and Asian ever to win this prize.
His works are read all over the world and especially India simply for their middle-class flavor and a simultaneous modern approach. Besides depicting a vivid picture of Bengal, the stories also represent a complex and varied picture of a society in transition. His works speak to the imaginative child in every reader!
Dip into the magic of timeless and much loved short stories and poems by the greatest writer of all times; Rabindranath Tagore. Here are some of Rabindranath Tagore’s works every child must read.
Books by Rabindranath Tagore for Children
The Little Big Man shows what it’s like for a child to wear his father’s shoes, to grow up and assume adult responsibilities. Tagore’s magic exercised one more time, with this one. Through the eyes of a child, a poetic ideal! Also available in Hindi as Chota Bada
Have you ever tried to catch the moon? is the moon really that for away? a curious little girl really doesn’t think so, but her elder brother keeps telling her otherwise! Can she convince him? find out as she shares a delightful dialogue with her Dada. Another timeless gem from Gurudev. Also available in Hindi as Tara Khojak
Here comes a timeless poem by one of the greatest poets of all times. swinging in rhyme and rhyme, this poem unfurls vividly to create a kaleidoscope of colors, smells, and sound. A sure keep forever book!
An endearing poem of a child who refuses tempting invitations, instead of staying with her mother at playtime, blissful in her company. words woven with great tenderness by the greatest poet of all times, a gentle verse for all the little ones. Also available in Hindi as Megh aur Tarang
The pages of The Prince and Other Modern Fables are full of insightful little stories that reveal the simple truth about life. There is the story of a little boy who has lost his mother, of a tribal girl who is mistaken for a fairy, of a jester who watches a king fight his battles from the sidelines, of a young man who tries to come to terms with his first heartache, and of a modern-day prince who is trying to eke out a living in the unforgiving city.
The sheer wit and brilliance of Tagore’s prose creates stories within stories, as is found in ‘That Man’, which encloses tales of fabulous characters stepping in and out of two separate worlds. Doodles, sketches, and paintings by Tagore and his talented colleagues at Shantiniketan complement the text and create an atmosphere of their own. A treasure trove of funny, colorful writing and evocative illustrations, this book is designed to appeal to those who know and love Tagore’s writings as well as to introduce him to young readers who will enjoy the writing and delight in the illustrations.
This book offers readers a rich insight into one of the most attractive yet least explored aspects of Rabindranath’s life and imagination. As a writer for children, he appears comical, whimsical, tender, serious. Among the variety of verses to be found here are delicate pieces originally written for an innovative Bengali textbook; delightful nonsense poetry and presentations of a child’s desires and fantasies. Verses appear alongside short plays and sketches, short stories, chatty tales, and the fantastic world of ‘That Man’.
Sensitively crafted and superbly narrated, the gems in this collection explore the diverse strands of human emotions and experiences – joys and sorrows, friendships and alienations, arrivals and departures, realities and fantasies …. and everything in between. Lucidly translated into English and lovingly retold for young readers, this collection is surely for keeps!
The stories in the collection are a treat for young children as they evoke emotion and humor besides reflecting the middle-class values. The subject matter and situations depicted in the stories seem realistic and children can easily relate to different characters in the stories. The use of simple and lucid language makes the stories easy to understand and comprehend the hidden lesson behind each. The illustrations are realistic and detailed and take the stories further. ‘Tagore classics’ includes stories that highlight the evils of child marriage, the importance of educating a girl child, the destruction and downfall associated with greed and extravagance and various other issues that make children sit up and think.
This collection contains some of the best stories of Tagore who put India on the literary map of the world. Translated from Bengali to English, these stories depict the human condition in its many forms: innocence and childhood, love and loss, the city and the village, the natural and the supernatural.
This collection brings together some of his best works—poems, short stories and plays in one volume. Be it the wit, magic and lyricism of his poetry or the vividly etched social milieu of his stories, or the sheer power and vibrancy of his plays, Tagore’s versatility and unceasing creativity come alive in these writings. The title play ‘The Land of Cards’ is a satire against the bondage of orthodox rules, while in ‘The Post Office’, a child suffocated by his confined existence dreams of freedom in the world outside. From a son’s cherished desire to protect his mother in the poem ‘Hero’ to a fruit-seller longing for his daughter faraway in the story ‘Kabuliwala’, Tagore’s works convey his humanism and his deep understanding of human relationships.
The Crescent Moon: Poems and Stories (Classics with Ruskin)
In The Crescent Moon, Rabindranath Tagore brings alive the world of a child—in some poems he describes the simple joys of children at play, while in others, he feels the bonds of affection between mother and child, and in yet others, he expresses wonder at the earthly beauty all around us. Also included here are some of his most thought-provoking stories with themes that are relevant for children. In ‘The Kabuli Walla’ little Minnie becomes friendly with a burly Afghan man, but will she remember him when he returns after many years? ‘The Parrot’s Tale’ is an allegory about the perils of the modern system of education, and ‘The Kingdom of Cards’, set in a fantasy land of cards, is a powerful statement against the stifling of freedom of any kind. Playful, innocent and full of tender love, with themes that will resonate with readers who are young and old, The Crescent Moon—with a thoughtful introduction by Ruskin Bond—is truly an enduring classic.
The Hidden Treasure And Other Stories
The Special Guest And Other Stories
The Man From Kabul And Other Stories
In these books, comical, whimsical, and at times serious tales of everyday life and childhood fantasy engage and entice young readers and Tagore fans alike. Delightful nonsense poetry, translated from the original Bengali, short stories and nostalgic childhood recollections evoke a magical world.
Books about Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore by Anant Pai (Amar Chitra Katha)
This evergreen Amar Chitra Katha book outlines the story of Rabindranath Tagore.
Boyhood Days (Puffin Classics) Translated by R Chakravarty
In this book, the Nobel Prize-winning author recounts his childhood years in Kolkata, India, during the late-nineteenth century, discussing the people and events that helped shape his life.
Rabindranath Tagore, whose multi-faceted life was as fascinating as it is inspiring, lives on in his books, his music and his thought-provoking, unconventional ideals.
Did You Know?
Tagore is the only person to have written anthems for three countries!
- Jana Gana Mana – India
- Amar Shonar Bangla – Bangladesh
- Sri Lanka Matha – Sri Lanka (Tagore wrote the Bengali version which was later translated into Sinhala)
Here is a short biography of Tagore.