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The Magical Fish (English)

Author : Chandrakala Jagat
Illustrator : Shakunlata Kushram

Happiness has begun to leak out of the world… One old woman decides something has to be done, and the wind tells her to go to a certain fish in a green-green lake. A magical book from a Gond storyteller and a Gond artist.

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Age 6+
Specifications 32 pages; 10.5” x 8.25”; full colour; soft cover

There was a time when happiness began to leak out of the world. Everything dried up. No colour, no food, no smiles — only hunger, sadness and quarrels. One old dukariya decided that something had to be done, and she heard from the wind about a magical fish that lived in a green-green lake... Gond storyteller Chandrakala has a gift for telling stories, and one of her favourites is about a magical fish that lived in Adhar Talab in Jabalpur. Having worked as a daily labourer building houses and ponds, much of her own strength and determination is reflected in the spirited old woman of this story. Shakunlata too is a Gond, who paints in the style of the Gondi Bhitti Chitra – paintings done by her community on the walls of their homes. The old woman striding across the pages, the dry landscape of an unhappy world, the lush valley and jewel-like lake, and the stunning fish with its beautifully patterned body create a world of magic and beauty on every page.

Brings the sensuous delicacy of storytelling into a book.

The Magical Fish is an absolute aesthetic delight, simple and profound; moving and brave... a book that should turn into a treasured family heirloom. The Magical Fish is that you can hear the story as you read it. The artwork by Shakuntala Kushram is nothing short of stunning, and not just because it is in the traditional art form of the Bhitti Chitra... There is something fantastic about the way that the art and words of this story weave in and out of each other with such ease and simplicity. Goodbooks.in

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The Magical Fish (English)

The Magical Fish (English)

Happiness has begun to leak out of the world… One old woman decides something has to be done, and the wind tells her to go to a certain fish in a green-green lake. A magical book from a Gond storyteller and a Gond artist.

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