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My Animated Book for Children: Grandma's Eyes

Updated on December 19, 2011
In this picture, the sun shines, the wheels rotate, Granma's lips move, kids wave their hands...
In this picture, the sun shines, the wheels rotate, Granma's lips move, kids wave their hands...

A Bilingual Book

There's something else special about this book, too: It's one of Tulika's Bilingual Picture Books.

India speaks many languages, and every Indian child is exposed to at least two languages. These books provide an opportunity for the young reader to learn one language through another.

Each line of text is in English and another Indian language. The book is available in:

English-Hindi

English-Tamil

English-Malayalam

English-Kannada

English-Telugu

English-Marathi

English-Gujarati

A special book of moving images

Grandma's Eyes is a warm and funny picture book for children of two years and above. The author, Sandhya Rao, meant to celebrate the special relationship each child has with its grandmother. I had about 20, because when I was a kid, not content with my real two, I used to borrow other people's grandmothers, too!

There are only twelves lines of simple text that celebrates the essence of the special relationship. When I started illustrating for this book, I did all kinds of styles and treatments, but neither the editors at Tulika Publishers nor I could achieve anything satisfactory. Children deserve the best, so we kept brainstorming.

While at it, I was struck by a bolt of memory! When I was ten, I used to tear out the sheets of my notebooks to make 'moving pictures.' I used the same idea for Grandma's Eyes, made her eyes blink happily. The editors fell in love with the idea, and I drew the book in a day!

I hope every child who's delighted with the moving grandma will try this out herself, and have written a hub on my secret method, too!

The publishers told me that many adults liked flipping and flapping the pages merrily to watch the pictures move. So it delights kids of 40, too!

GRANDMA'S EYES by Sandhya Rao

art Ashok Rajagopalan

28 pages, 5.5" x 6.5", full colour, soft cover, for 2 years and above

How to do this yourself

If you want to give pleasure to little people, making moving pictures for them, visit my hub http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Draw-Moving-Pictures It has two video tutorials.

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    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      You must be a delightful Grandma, Shirley! Wish you dollpos of smiles and Life!

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      Shirley de Rose 

      10 years ago from Portland, OR "The Rose City"

      Kenny, I'm so glad you celebrate Grandmas! I am a grandma and have such fun stealing kisses from my little ones. Grandkids are so innocent and pure and fresh to the world. Their wonder at simple things is a delightful reminder of the true value of things like frogs and jumping, trampolines and water slides, and flowers, and ... Dora. Whenever I need to take a break I think about the little children and the times we've spent together. It brings me a renewed sense of Life (with a capital L) and puts a big smile on my face.

      Thank you so much, Kenny, for your delightful approach to Grandmas.

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      Hey thanks, Gemma, for stopping! :)

      But being a nan of 2 children is not a selfish activity, so you are not that! Not selfish, I mean, not 'not nan'!

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      AuraGem 

      10 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      I too am still finding my way round HubPages, but always seem to stop for awhiles when I stumble on your writing Kenny. It really is engaging! Adored this hub - maybe for selfish reasons because I am a nan of 2 boys (blush!) Thanks for sharing!

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      Thank you, G-Ma, have a great year and more. You have seen it all, and can handle it better than we younger people can!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Oh you are too kind and caring..It would be something to meet one day..for sure....I am a bit troubled right now tho.nothing to big for me to handle .  Happy New Year My dear friend and May God's Blessing's be with you and your family..G-Ma :O)

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      Thanks, Violet, and I look forward to reading your After Death hub.

      The hub interface is delightful, isn't it? I am quite addicted!

      BTW, it was not Zsuzsy, God bless her, who said I looked like Shariff. 

      It was Earth Angel, God bless her too! 

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      VioletSun 

      10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      I have added you to my fan subscription so I will be updated when you write a hub. I am still learning my way around here, but the hub interface is very well done, after a few hits and misses, misses and hits, I am getting it.

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      G-Ma, I'm delighted that you have got the books which you will share with so many children, like you share your love! It's a great pleasure knowing you, G-Ma, and if He wills it, I'll be lucky enough to meet you one day! Great to see you in my hubs, but hope you are resting properly too. :)

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      VioletSun 

      10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Kenny: What a beautiful talent you have! I am thrilled to be in this community, its gets one's creative juices going sorrounded by so many talented folks. The idea of movable eyes is one that must have brought the book to life. BDW, your middle name is Omar? My late 18 year old nephew was Omar Subhi Hammad, half Arab on his Dad's side... and was named after Omar Shariff, the actor.

      I will be sure to purchase your books, if I come across a child I can gift them with as I often like to purchase gifts from talented artists or writers with good energy such as yours.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile image

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      I am so proud to be the owner of this book...and several others I purchased for Christmas gifts from your supplier Kenny..they are truelly wonderful and love your art work.....Am very happy for you and to know you also my dear...G-Ma :O)

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      You can, if you practise for a week, but an Isabella who sings like this shouldn't waste her time drawing! Or writes like that, too!

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      Isabella Snow 

      10 years ago

      Love your books, Kenny. I wish I could draw like you!

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      Merry Christmas to you, Manohar!

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      Thanks, Ahinaya, you lucky grandchild! Merry Christmas!

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      Abhinaya 

      10 years ago

      Grandma's tales are never out of fashion Kenny.I would still sit beside my grandma to listen to what she has to say.Great hub! Belated Merry Christams!

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      Hi Wonderful Grandma Bee! May you get a lot of pats on your back given by many little hands!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      great HUB! I really love your style of stories and illustrations Kenny. Show us more.

      I agree grandmas are greeeeeaaaat! Pat on my back too...

      regards Zsuzsy

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      Not too late, Compu-smart! There are always Grandmas around who need our love as much as we need theirs!

      Merry Christmas to you and all at home! :)

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      Compu-Smart 

      10 years ago from London UK

      I never new my Grandparents and never thought to borrow other peoples lol!! I hope it's not too late:)

      Merry Christmas Kenny to you and all:)

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      Merry Christmas, Earth Angel! Great to have an angel visiting me today! Have a great time, spreading peace and light!

      Thank you, Guru-C! Yes, grandmas are so shareable people, aren't they?

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      Cory Zacharia 

      10 years ago

      Thank you, Kenny, for sharing grandmothers, since they should be greatly cherished by all. I Loved my grandmothers very much and miss them greatly.

    • Earth Angel profile image

      Earth Angel 

      10 years ago

      What a wonderful gift this Christmas Morning Mr. Kenny Omar Ashok Rajagopalan Wordsmith Shariff!! How delightful!! Thank you so much for sharing!! You are a man of many talents!! And you spread great joy in the world!! Blessings this Merry Morning!! Earth Angel!!

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