An excellent gift of love
Who am I?
Author: Samanmalie Padmakumara
A Padmakumara Book
Who am I? is a book specially meant for children written by
Samanmalie Padmakumara. It is all about a child's dream about the
future. This book gives them an opportunity to imagine what would they
be when they grow up.
The very first question that a teacher asks a child when he enters
school is “What would you like to be in the future?” Hence the child
starts to imagine and create a world of their own.
The author gives children the opportunity to enter the world of their
imagination. Children are encouraged to think about themselves and their
The book is illustrated in a beautiful manner which attracts the
children. Children will be interested in reading the pages as they are
The book is an ideal gift to children to create a world of their own.
Dr. Leel Gunasekera said, “ The pictures are attractive and effective
to convey the message better. The children are asked to express about
themselves creatively while they are also asked to recite the poem to be
pretty, good and a strong child who likes to learn.”
“The world Samanmalie creates for children is joyous and refreshing.
Her stories are unadorned and paired to the basic elements speaking
directly to the hearts of the children,” said Sumitra Peries.
“I am so pleased to read and look at the text and the pictures of the
book which had given a tremendous joy to all our children and teachers.
This is a result of a great commitment of the writer Samanmali
Padmakumara who had proved how to to be a success in writing for
children,” said Jayanath Colombage, Navy Commander of Sri Lanka.
Reema Colambage, the President of SLNS commenting on the book said,
“Pictures were mainly done by photographs and it is a new system.
It is surely a better way of the text much effectively.
The children who had appeared in those photographs also joined with
the author Samanmali at our Navy Base Preschool and it made the event
nicer and live.”
By thinking like a child and talking like a child, the author
captures the innocence which is the very essence of childhood.
To be a great artiste one has to think like a child, see like a child
not for a day, not for a year but for a whole life-time, said Akira
Kurasawa, the great Japanese film director.