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Author : Vishakha Chanchani
Photographer : Stephen Huyler
From oppressive loneliness, Sonabai Rajawar 'makes' her way into a world of beauty and joy! This sensitive telling of her story follows her artistic journey from her first creations in clay, experiments with colours and light, play with pattern and design, to being embraced by the art world. Rich photographs make for a fascinating introduction to the life and work of this quietly strong, self-taught artist. This book evokes a compelling profile in courage, and the larger story of how Sonabai's art, like all great art, transcends from the personal to the universal.
2016: The Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Award - Best Book (Non-fiction)
2016: Outstanding International Book, United States Board on Books for Young People, USA
2015: Excellence in Book Production, Federation of Indian Publishers
2015: Excellence in Children's Book Production, Darsana National Awards
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|Specifications||32 pages; 8.5” x 9.5”; full colour; soft cover|
|Tags||art, women, gender, design, architecture, colour, story of hope, story of courage, biography, award-winner|
Evocative, deeply moving
This deeply moving book is about Sonabai’s life as much as it is about dreaming big. It invites urban Indian children to look at rural life with curiosity and to respect its depth. Read with attention to detail, it is about the magic latent in everyday life. It calls out equally to children who are hooked to screen devices as much as to those who are led to craft bazaars and art galleries. Its potential audience includes schoolchildren, parents, art teachers and librarians. Sonabai’s journey is evoked simply yet vividly by both Vishakha’s text and Huyler’s brilliant photographs. Huyler’s images are like rich, dazzling lodes of Indian folk life. Goodbooks.in
"a special place in my heart"
"I have a special place in my heart for books that make reading aloud a privilege and pleasure for grown-ups, this book is that book." Resham (@themigratorymum)