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Author : Nina Sabnani
Illustrator : Sher Singh Bhil
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|Specifications||32 pages; 8.5" x9.5"; full colour; soft cover|
|Tags||folk tale from Central India, rooster, water, drought, rain, conservation, how Pithora art was born|
combines humour with lots of action. It reads as simple enough, yet I discovered layers to it over several readings. The story’s message for water conservation is obvious; it also emphasizes the importance of learning from nature – birds, snakes and turtles are critical characters in the book, leading the villagers towards water and ways to hold onto it. No creature is too small or insignificant - brave rooster grows, through the course of the story, from a timid and fearful bird into a community hero, offering his life for the greater good. I was also struck by the story’s quiet stance against blind faith – the imposter talks of rituals and appeasing gods for their favour; the real badwa silently shows the villagers how to take control of their own lives and environment. Saffron Tree
A powerful message on the importance of conserving water
Each page is a delight for any child as it has so much in it. It could keep a child engrossed for hours as s/he tries to decipher the images in it. I particularly liked the numerous patterns on the rooftops.Young India Books