The Missing Laddoos: Reviews So Far
Reviewed By Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite
The Missing Laddoos: A Diwali Adventure by Jassie S. revolves around the Diwali season, the Festival of Lights. Seema wants to associate the day with good memories rather than think about the Diwali day two years back when her father left her and her mother and Sharad. It's the festive season and Seema can't help dreaming about her favorite laddoos. Her brother asks her to get help from her friend Divya who makes excellent laddoos. The six platters of laddoos were decorated pyramid style. The next day morning Seema discovers that all the laddoos are missing. Will she be able to find them and celebrate Diwali by eating her favorite sweet?
It's a cute and adorable story and captures the essence of Diwali beautifully. Seema's love for laddoos is tangible and kids can relate easily with that feeling. It's a good bedtime storybook and parents and grandparents can read it out to their kids and grandkids. The story is also perfect for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. The story is neat and simple and will connect well with all young readers. The characters of Seema, Divya, and Sharad are adorable and will remain in the hearts of readers even after they finish reading the book. Festival of Lights is a popular festival in India and the author captures the fun and mirth of the event through Seema, Sharad, and Divya. The book also conveys a good message of helping the needy during the festival season.
|An adorable story for children.|
Official Review: The Missing Laddoos, by Jassie S.
The Missing Laddoos is a very short children’s story about a young girl named Seema and her excitement over an upcoming holiday and the chance to eat some of the sweet treats that she so deeply craves. Though the title gives the impression that this is a mystery, in reality it is more of an educational tale about learning proper behavior and the importance of good friendships and family ties.
The Missing Laddoos is either set in India or elsewhere with a sizable Indian community. One issue that might cause problems for some young readers is the occasional vocabulary word that might be completely unknown to kids who do not have a background in Indian culture. Some of the words are made clear in the context of the story– a laddoo is clearly defined as a small, round baked treat. One of the closest American equivalents would be a donut hole, though a laddoo would have a different flavor and consistency. The cultural significance of the laddoo is also not made as clear as it could be– most American children would draw a loose comparison between laddoos and Diwali with gingerbread men and Christmas.
Other than being described as a festival of light, Diwali and its religious context is not explained. Some words are defined with a synonym in parentheses, such as “halwai (bakery)” and “thalli (platter).” Jalebi (a fried sweet dough) is not defined, though it’s clear from the context that it’s a kind of food.
There is one plot point in the story that raises more questions than is answered. Semma’s brother Sharad is an inventor, who has created a robot who can be trained to make laddoos. However, with a such a potentially incredible invention, it is unclear as to why Sharad hasn’t yet become rich and famous.
The characters are not particularly well-developed, aside from Seema’s love of laddoos and her learning a lesson about sharing and getting along better with family members. Some family members are briefly mentioned but not seen again. The brevity of the story explains in part why more time isn’t spent on characterization. I’m not exactly sure, but based upon some comments in the author’s introductory notes, this may be part of a series, so if this short tale is one of many in a family saga, then the criticism about the characterization is void.
This is a rather sweet story about sweets and learning interpersonal skills.
I give this book three out of four stars.
The Missing Laddoos
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3rd Review By Laura Smith
This is a delightful treat for my friend, Jassie and I and we will love to celebrate it with you. Please feel free to share with everyone you know, interested adults, parents, kidlit authors.
As it is recently announced, Jassie is planning a sequel to The Missing Laddoos. This time round, I am pleased to be part of the project too and I am excited for I will unveil a sneak peek of the first chapter of the project real soon.