Sarla in the Sky
By Margi Bhansali, Educational Consultant at Bharat Babies
If you haven’t already, you need to order Bharat Babies newest addition, Sarla in the Sky written by Anjali Joshi and illustrated by Lisa Kurt. Not only is it beautifully illustrated, the melodic poem-like text is fun and a great independent read for your young elementary school kiddos.
Sarla in the Sky is a kid-friendly biographical tale about Sarla Thakral, India’s first female pilot. There are many lessons to be learned from Sarla’s story. Here are just a few suggestions on conversations to have with your children when reading Sarla in the Sky:
- Follow your dreams. Sarla was able to achieve something unthinkable at that time because she never gave up. She had a passion and she pursued it. Have your kids talk about their dreams and what they would like to achieve.
- Achievements only happens with hard work and perseverance. Following your dreams doesn’t just mean thinking about what you want, but working hard to get there. There were many obstacles in Sarla’s way, but she never gave up. That takes a lot of hard work. Refer back to the dreams your children mentioned. Talk about what steps need to be taken in order to actually achieve that dream. Come up with a plan. Say for example your child says their dream is to become a paleontologist. Explain to them that means hard work in science and math classes in high school, then college and graduate school. Also, talk about how it could mean working in a lab or working out in the field in new and different places that could be far away from home. Take it a step further and do some research. Look-up actual people in the field and find out what the job truly entails.
- Part of success is having someone who is supportive and encouraging by your side. If you look deeper into Sarla’s story, you’ll discover that her husband, who she married when she was only 16, and her father-in-law, were her biggest fans. They pushed her to pursue her piloting license and not get discouraged by others’ negativity. Let your children know that they can be that supportive person to someone else. That means they should be encouraging to family, friends, and peers at school. Teach your children that they should be that positivity in others’ lives.
What did you take from Sarla in the Sky? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts!
About Margi Bhansali
Margi has a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and Masters in Literacy. More importantly she has over 10 years of experience in the classroom and is the proud mom of an amazing 18 month old boy, Avyan. Also, she’s really cool.
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