The Flourish books aim to inculcate values, teach life skills, and impart social-emotional learning. Therefore, due focus has been given to making the content as inclusive as possible. Further, we’ve created an Inclusivity Index to map and gauge the inclusive nature of the books. The Inclusivity Index for Book 5 has been given below. For more details about the framework, click here.
Analysis of the Stories
|Story Name||Minority Religion||Characters with Disability||Class Diversity||Gender Diversity||Breaking Stereotypes||Values Covered|
|A Butterfly Smile||Yes||No||Yes||★★★★||★★★★||Self-confidence, Interpersonal Relationships, Empathy, Effective Communication|
|What Did Priya Eat?||Yes||No||Yes||★★★★||NA||Understanding the Environment, Ecology|
|Captain Arya||Yes||No||Yes||★★★★||★★★★||Motivation, Inspiration, Decision-making, Leadership. Goal-setting|
|Raju’s First Flight||No||No||No||★★★★||★★★★||Curiosity, Motivation, Goal-setting|
|A Help In Time||No||No||No||★★★★||★★★★||Kindness, Empathy, Respecting Others|
|Bambi – The Movie (1942)||NA||No||NA||★★★★||★★★★||Understanding the Environment, Interpersonal Relationships, Self-identity|
|Durai, The Detective||No||No||NA||★★★★||★★★★||Curiosity, Motivation, Interpersonal Relationships|
|Same-Same Or Different||NA||NA||NA||★★★★||NA||Importance of Friendship, Respecting Others, Diversity, Self-awareness|
|Mae C. Jemison||Yes||No||Yes||★★★★||★★★★||Motivation, Inspiration, Decision-making, Leadership, Goal-setting|
|The Pig With The Runaway Tail||NA||NA||NA||NA||NA||Goal-setting, Problem-solving, Creative Thinking|
|Farida Plans A Feast||Yes||No||No||★★★★||★★★★||Goal-setting, Problem-solving, Creative Thinking|
Analysis of the Exercises
The exercises in this book focus on grammatical concepts like parts of speech, question words, articles, singular-plural words, etc. There are also activities for the children that encourage them to make new friends, help with goal-setting, observe nature and one’s immediate environment. Some of the values highlighted in the exercises of this book are friendship, mindfulness towards the environment, kindness towards animals, the importance of communities, interpersonal relationships, etc.
Overview of the Book
Out of the 10 stories in the book, 7 are written by females and 3 by males. Out of the 11 protagonists, 7 are females and 4 are males. None of the protagonists or supporting characters has a disability. The stories cover a wide range of values like empathy, the mindfulness towards the environment, goal-setting. None of the stories is reinforcing any stereotype, gender role, or expectation defined by society. In 3 of them, the characters are breaking some gender expectation or stereotype prevalent in the society—for example, in ‘Captain Arya’, all of Arya’s role models are women, and she too picks up a profession that is traditionally seen as mens’ and aspires to excel at it. The book overall promotes peace and equality for males and females, regardless of their race, class, disability, religion, sexual preference, or ethnic background. According to the WHO Gender Responsive Assessment Scale, the book is gender-transformative.