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Kali And The Rat Snake (English)

Author : Zai Whitaker
Illustrator : Srividya Natarajan

Kali is an Irula, traditionally snake-catchers, and so his classmates find him strange. Will Kali ever make friends? A sensitive story about identity with evocative watercolour pictures.

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Age 5+
Specifications 24 pages; 10.5” x 8.25”; full colour; soft cover
Rights sold English (USA, Canada, Philippines, the Caribbean, Latin America, South America)
ISBN 978-81-8689-43-6

Kali hates school. And school hates him, he thinks, for he has no friends. The children there find him strange. He wishes his father were an ‘ordinary' bus-conductor or postman instead of a snake-catcher, even if one of the most celebrated in the Irula tribe. He worries that others will see him eating fried termites (his favourite snack!) and laugh. And then one day, a large rat snake creates havoc in the classroom . . . and Kali becomes a hero! A simple, sensitive story crafted by a writer deeply involved with environmental issues. Zai Whitaker works closely with the Irulas, and her empathy with them is as evident in this book as it was with the Jarawas in Andamans Boy, also published by Tulika. The watercolour illustrations are evocative and detailed, suffusing the story with many hues of mood.

Tackles questions of identity and belonging

"While on the surface Zai Whitaker's Kali and the Rat Snake might well be about little Kali's initiation into school, at a deeper level it tackles questions of identity and belonging... The author's language is simple and effective. She tells her story directly without frills, and makes her point without adopting the high moral tone. The story is accompanied by delightful and vivid watercolours by Srividya Natarajan, that depict Kali's world wonderfully." - September 2000, Pitara.com

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Kali And The Rat Snake (English)

Kali And The Rat Snake (English)

Kali is an Irula, traditionally snake-catchers, and so his classmates find him strange. Will Kali ever make friends? A sensitive story about identity with evocative watercolour pictures.

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