Review: All-Time Favourites for Children by Ruskin Bond

Author– Ruskin Bond                    Genre– Short Stories

Publishing House– Penguin      Published– 21 May 2021

Format– Paperback                        Page– 232

About The Author:

Ruskin Bond was born on May 19, 1934, in India. He is a foremost Indian writer of British descent. His first novel  ‘The Room of the Roof‘ was written at the age of 17 and won the Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 1957. He received the Sahitya Akademi Award for his book ‘Our Trees Still Growing in Dehra.’ The Government of India awarded him the Padma Shri in 1999 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014. He now lives with his adopted family in Landour, Mussoorie.

Plot Summery:

A collection of 25 short stories of various tastes.


There are many collections of short stories by Ruskin Bond in his long literary life of 70 years. Various publications have already published certain collections from more than 500 short stories, children’s writings, novels, and some essays. But the move that Penguin Publishing took on the occasion of Ruskin Bond’s 87th birthday is truly different and outstanding.

In this book ‘All-time favorite for children, you will find 25 stories written for children, which the author has chosen with his own hands.

What is the significance of the stories chosen by the author himself ?

Those of us who are familiar with Bond’s writing know for sure what his writings are all about. The writings pull the reader like a gravitational pull.

It is really difficult to choose certain writings from such excellent quality writings throughout life. It is even more difficult for a writer.

Some writing deals with the flow of events in the writer’s life, some writings have been created in the pursuit of publication or magazine, and Some writing has come to the tip of the pen by itself. Every writing is intimately connected with the life of a writer. Which of these will he choose and which will he throw away? So the writer has to be ruthless in this case. It is also important to keep in mind that there is no injustice with any writing.

The writings that have emerged from all these tensions can be said to have passed an outstanding test. So the significance of the specific 25 stories in this book is huge.

Although the name of the book ‘All-time favorite for children, everyone from young to old can enjoy reading these stories.

Some of the 25 short stories were published before and some are very fresh. We’ll get here- ‘Goldfish Don’t Bark’, ‘The Black Cat’, ‘The Thief’, ‘Trees from my window’, And some impeccable stories of Rusty’s character.

Do you know Rusty?

Rusty is a fictional character. Rusty was first introduced to Bond at the age of 17 in his first novel ‘The Room on the Roof ’.Rusty is an English boy living in India. He has no parents and lives with his guardian, Mr. John Harisson. Mr. John could not stand the Indian people and tried to stop Rusty from associating with Indian boys. He wanted to make him a perfect English man. For that, he used to be rude to Rusty. Rusty, therefore, had no friends and he was very unhappy in his life. But Rusty one day befriends some Indian boys and girls and enjoys various adventures with them. All of this he does without Mr. John’s knowledge. We will get some stories of this character like ‘Rusty Plays Holi’ in this collection.


Reading this compilation it may seem that Ruskin Bond does not create stories. The story unfolded on its own at the tip of the pen.

It may seem that these are not stories but autobiographies of the author, as if they have emerged in the form of short stories.

Outstanding writing style Outstanding eloquence and characterization can bring a lot of joy to a lesson.

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