The Enduring Ark, Joydeb Chitrakar and Gita Wolf, Tara Books, R800.Ages 7+
Wall Book: From the Big Bang to the Present Day, Christopher Lloyd and Andy Forshaw, Pratham Books, R125. Ages 3+
Richly illustrated books that fold open to become wall posters have recently lined the shelves of bookstores across the city. The Enduring Arkby Tara Books is one such work and is illustrated in the Bengal patua style of scroll painting. Written by Gita Wolf and illustrated by Joydeb Chitrakar, the book is an Indian version of the Biblical tale of the great flood. Looking at it, you will be hard-pressed to imagine that this is not an Indian story. The patuastyle animals such as the tiger and cows, the beautifully rendered ark and the landscapes make the story come alive. We can’t wait to put this book up on our office wall.
Another release, The What on Earth? Wall Book: From the Big Bang to the Present Day, is also a fold out children’s read. This one’s a great accessory for the kiddy room. Published by Pratham Books, this is an Indian edition of the international title by the same name. Written by Christopher Lloyd and illustrated by Andy Forshaw, the book’s a short history of the planet and its people. It’s a mini-encyclopaediaat- a-glance and kids will love trivia such as “Young Ichthyostegas try out life on land”, “Archaeopteryx, the first bird, is an offshoot of the theropod dinosaurs” and “Rosa Parks sparks US civil rights movement”.
By Bijal Vachharajani