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Author : Sandhya Rao
Photographer : Karuna Sesh & Pervez Bhagat
Based on real accounts, this is an imagined story of a boy in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami that hit several countries. It could also be the story of any child whose life is closely linked with nature. The narrative follows the feelings of the boy as he tries to comprehend the horror and bewilderment of the experience. Photographs, not of the devastation but of warmth, present positive images that lift the spirit and reinforce the bond between water, sand and child. An attempt to offer a way of healing for those struck by calamity, and a way of understanding for those who watch from afar.
2005: Ambitious Children’s Book Project, Berliner Kinder und Jugendbuchpreis, Germany
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|Book Details||24 pages; 8.5" x 7.5"; full colour; soft cover|
|Awards||2005: Ambitious Children’s Book Project, Berliner Kinder und Jugendbuchpreis, Germany|
|Rights sold||German (worldwide), English, Tamil and Malay (Malaysia and Singapore)|
|Tags||childhood, sea, life by the sea, loss, natural disaster, tsunami, nature, friendship, hope, healing|
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The story, brilliantly narrated in the voice of a young boy, gives us glimpses into the boy and his family's relationship with the sea. The success of Rao's narration is the seamless juxtaposition of the past and present, of the 'before and after' of the tsunami. There are some deeply moving moments in the story… A special mention to the photographs that accompany this story - Karuna Seth and Pervez Bhagat bring real people and faces into our midst, reminding us gently that life is never far away from fiction, and vice versa. Young India Books