Set in the rather quiet English town of Whitley Bay, this story revolves around two adorable characters- Georgie and her friend, Ramzy Rehman. The novel is fast-paced, with all the excitement of a sci-fi story packed in. Georgie(short for Georgina) lives with her dad, her teen brother Clem, and her dad’s girlfriend, Jessica. There’s another important member of her family- her mongrel Mister Mash. Mr. Mash eats anything that comes his way and breaks smelly wind at the most inappropriate times. He should have been living with them in their home, but is sent away to a pet home due to Jessica’s dog allergies- which does nothing to help Georgie accept Jessica into their lives( and their home.)
Georgie is an ardent pet-lover, and she loves her dog, Mr. Mash to bits. In fact, she lets herself be guided by the ‘Wisdom of Dogs” that hangs on her wall( the opening of the book).
Georgie ends up hanging out with her beloved dogs( Mr. Mash and his friends) at the St. Woof’s animal shelter and her best pal, Ramzy Rehman at the beach and the streets of their little town. Little do they know that they are being watched by a crazy scientist, and their lives are about to change shortly!
Dr. Pretoria is an eccentric scientist working on a Time Travel machine that uses an algorithm using the present as the input to predict the future. the duo are initiated into Dr. Pretoria’s mysterious existence through her Virtual Reality Time Travelling Machine, secretly housed in a big domes space where a restaurant had stood earlier. Dr. Pretoria recruits the two kids to test her big experiment with a bit of luck through Mr. Mash.
Georgie and Ramzy come to view their secret rendezvous with Dr. Pretoria as one giant adventure until it is no longer just an adventure. When Georgie inadvertently causes a deadly dog-flu outbreak from St. Woof’s, what follows is a rollercoaster ride of sudden, exciting and big changes in the lives of everyone.
Georgie is stunned by the pace of changes around her- she can’t see or touch her dogs, her town is being cordoned off by the Police and there are shoot-at-sight orders for every stray dog in the town. Through a gritty adventure in the middle of the night, Ramzy and Georgie succeed in smuggling out Mr. Mash from St.Woof’s just before he was to be put down.
The rest of the story is a mix of miracles, magic, adventure, science fiction, friendship, hope, stupidity, disappointment – all in one rollercoaster ride! Will Mr. Mash recover? Will he be the reason for the discovery of the vaccine? How long would it be before the vaccine is found? Will it be too late? What happens if you can truly bend time? What are the possibilities?
The book is a perfect blend of empathy and emotions without being cloyingly sentimental. Georgie is a very adorable and realistic character who struggles with the tinge of resentment she feels at Jessica, just because she is not her mum. She is a wild, strong-willed child with a rare ability to discern others’ magnanimity in comparison to her own. Her friend, Ramzy’s brilliant character is brought to light in Georgie’s voice and perspective. She often says, ” It’s nice of him not to mention it as I would have.” The book particularly shines in the parts where the author brings forth the quality of empathy that is so natural in children- for example, when Georgie is understandably embarrassed about undressing in an emergency, Ramzy sprints to get her a change of clothes, while keeping his eyes fixed to the ground so as not to add to Georgie’s discomfiture.
Devishobha is the founder of Kidskintha- a global parenting and education collective, and the host of the global virtual conferences hosted on the platform. You can also find her voice on the Huffington Post, Mother.ly, Entrepreneur, Lifehack, TinyBuddha, Thought Catalog and many other publications.
Big Talk about Tiny Humans is India’s first science-backed, research-based podcast with insights on child development and psychology for discerning parents and educators. Devishobha, the founder of Kidskintha and Dr. Meghna, The Therapist Mommy have a lot of fun co-hosting this podcast in collaboration with IVM podcasts, the largest podcast network in India! Join us along this roller-coaster ride!
Raising awareness about child sexual abuse
In this episode, hosts Dr. Meghna and Devishobha talk about why child sexual abuse is more common than we would like to believe, and the top misconceptions parents have about making their children aware of the abuse and preparing them to deal with it in an appropriate manner. Devishobha and Meghna share real-life incidents where simple, regular communication could have prevented abuse and trauma for the child. They go on to discuss why teaching them about ‘safe and unsafe touch’s better than ‘good touch bad touch’ to educate kids about sexual abuse, what questions to ask before you send your child for a summer camp or even school, why using euphemisms for body parts is detrimental to children, and finally some curated strategies to prepare your child to be alert and aware to prevent incidents of child sexual abuse, and also deal with them appropriately, should an unfortunate experience befall them.
You can listen to this show and other fantastic shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android or iOS. Subscribe to the show on your favorite podcast platform to never miss an episode! You can check out the IVM website at https://shows.ivmpodcasts.com/.
I cannot thank you enough for supplying these talks. I am a special education teacher, PreK-6th grade, in Montana, USA. I am so grateful to have instruction and insight from so many experts available to me. Thank you also for providing the links for follow-up questions and diving deeper into their areas of expertise. This summit will make a difference in the way I approach
assessment, instruction, and intervention in my classroom, as well as how I collaborate with my general education colleagues and parents. All that and I am only halfway through day 1!
Kidskintha Summit Participant
I am impressed with your hard work and your immense curiosity, passion, and determination to execute this summit at this hour when the world is battling. All the lectures were well organized and planned, and cherry on top well lined up! The best feedback I want to tell you is I was so woven with the lectures that I managed to complete them on the designated days! I was so glued to all the lectures that I carried my screen and hands-free to the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom to complete them and generate notes to share with my colleagues and apply them at work.
Kidskintha Summit Participant
I am thrilled to see a conference hosted by an Indian parenting website that has brought together renowned names in the various fields of parenting. Not only are the presenters known, but the topics have also been curated to give parents practical ways to better themselves. Areas like resilience, social-emotional well-being, skilling for adolescents,
etc. are relevant and needed areas of discussion. I got to see a preview of a session on mindfulness by Christopher Willard and was impressed with the ease with which Devishobha guides the discussion to the needs of the Indian parent community. I am
looking forward to listening to more of the speakers during the conference.
Special Educator, Kidskintha Summit participant.
Devishobha has been a great collaborator with my organization on behalf of preventing child abuse. She has been brilliant at getting simple, effective, and actionable advice and tools to parents. She brings together the best people in an easy-to-access online format. It is so unusual to work with someone who has a sense of quality and accessibility for parents!
Ph.D.; Director- Coalition For Children; Speaker, Kidskintha Parenting Consciousness Summit.
I would like to thank you very much for holding the special kid's international summit. I had applied to more than 20 alternative schools all over India two years ago for my son's admission, but nothing worked out. I knew the existing school was not good enough for him. I felt frustrated and could not understand what plans God had for me. However I am very grateful to you for making me aware of so many aspects, now my son has got admission to a school specially meant to teach children like him, in New Jersey and my son is very happy.
Kidskintha SPINS Summit
Lisa Lynam Piar
I am an avid researcher regarding parenting techniques, especially for complex or spirited children, and have already found this summit so helpful. I especially loved Bonnie Harris’s piece. Thank you for bringing all of these great resources to the world in a way we can easily access.
Early Educator, & participant, Parenting Consciousness Summit
It was a very insightful experience. As a preschool teacher, I can relate to the importance of the early years, which can have a lifelong impact on our children. Thank you for bringing us to this summit.
Kidskintha World Early Years Summit.
Rupa Sharat Kumar
An information-packed presentation. There were some great parenting tips for neuro-typical as well as neuro-diverse kids.
Kidskintha SPINS summit participant.
The session was wonderful and the highlight was the 5C strategy.
Kidskintha SPINS Summit participant.
Very very interesting session! It was really wonderful the way the whole thing was explained with regard to the Indian context with practical solutions! Great job!
I still remember the terrifying moment during my daughter’s toddler days when I had come out of the house instinctively to check on her only to have my heart skip several beats! I found her dangerously close to falling from a wall! I profusely thanked my motherly intuition for that savior moment! The undeniable #SahiWaliFeeling- or not - that every mom has for their child.
We’ve known for a long time that motherhood changes us—duh, right?—but scientists are just starting to characterize the precise nature of those bodily and psychological changes. Scientists have known for a couple of decades that women’s brains shrink during pregnancy. The running hypothesis is that ‘brain shrinking’ might actually be a sign of the brain honing its circuits for mothering.
We might often say and mean it in a funny vein but the ‘mommy brain’ is a result of pregnancy. Women’s brains are permanently altered after childbirth. While science has confirmed the permanent changes in women’s brains, there’s an ongoing conversation on the ‘motherhood instinct.’ Experts agree that moms can be more sensitive or susceptible to particular cues, and this kicks off almost immediately after childbirth. Thanks to Huggies #SahiWaliFeeling campaign that is instilling confidence in a lot of moms to trust their instincts. Stop judging yourself. Go with the flow.
#huggies #motherhood #motherlove #newborn #ad #paidpartnership
Join us for a LIVE session with the authors of the anthology ‘ My Act of Heart’ - a collection of real acts of compassion by children from all over the world! Thanks to @Anjali Gurmukhani Sharma and Deepika Ahuja for taking this idea from seed all the way to fruition! Today’s stars are Ananya Ramanan and Aditya Tyagi sharing their stories about what led to the act of compassion and how it has informed them further. Join us at 3 PM today! #selflove #gratitude #selfkindness #compassion #childrensliterature
‘The Act of Heart’- the book is as special as the title is beautiful. When the world is reeling under uncertainty, one constant element that has kept hope alive is little acts of compassion from people known and unknown- and these children- all 29 of them, are totally owning it, combining passion with compassion.
This book is a labor of love by Anjali Gurmukhani Sharma @anj_g_sharma of Charters of Compassion and Deepika Ahuja @deepika_forever1 who planted the seed of an idea to share real stories of acts of compassion by children, and has been almost 2 years in the making. This book is not only inspiring to other children and adults alike, but it also shines a light on the minds of children from the age of 6-15 from all over the world, and the book complements the storytelling with rich illustrations- again in part by children.
Tomorrow, we are bringing two such stories to limelight through our live talk with Grace Tijo @grace_tijo6 and Deeksha @ajmerkidivya. Tune in to hear the heartwarming stories of these children who are already making the world a better place. Join us!!! #booksforchildren #youngreaders #raiseareader #raisingreaders #kidsbookstagram #middlegrade #kidsbookswelove #childrensbookstagram #booksforkids #childrensliterature #childrensauthor #kidsbookshelf #childrensbookauthor #representationmatters #storytelling #readersofinstagram #loveoneanother #truththeory #loveheals #raisingvibrations #forgiving #gratitude #selflessness #humility #compassionate #kindness
It’s time for another Chaiversation! Join us as Mansi Rana of @IndianParentingBlog and I share laughs and ideas to achieve some kickass #couplegoals especially after coming to terms with with the fact that a tiny human will be in tow and keep you on your toes all the time! #valentine #valentineday #valentinegift #valentinesdaygift #love #romance #valentineweek
Jody Landers said it just right with “A child born to another woman calls me Mom. The depth of the tragedy and the magnitude of the privilege are not lost on me.”🌸
Challenges of adopting an older child😇
Read on: https://kidskintha.com/adopting-older-children-unique-challenges-and-coping-strategies/
#adoption #adoptingteens #newparenting #parentingtips #parentinglife #parentingblog #momblogger #momandkid #momspiration #kidskintha
PETS AT HOME CAN BOOST YOUR CHILD’S WELL-BEING AND PROMOTE FAMILY🥰 Read on: Link in the bio!
#petsagram #petadoption #familytime #familybond #momblogger #momstagram #momspiration #parentingblog #parentingtips #parentingcoach #kidskintha
Teaching children positive money habits from an early age helps them to make responsible financial decisions later in life. The best time to learn about the value of money occurs when children remain safely under their parents’ wings — not when they’re adults and money mistakes cost far more👏
Read on : Link in the bio!
#moneyhabits #children #moneymanagement #momblogger #parentingblog #parentingtips #parentingcoach #kidskintha