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Author : Rinchin
Illustrator : Sagar Kolwankar
Mati pesters her grandmother and father for her own plot of land. When she does get it, she works hard. And then she hears that a company wants to make a coal mine in their village – the enormous black pit that will eat up all their lands, like it has in the next village… As always, Rinchin powers her questions through irresistible storytelling. The little girl’s anxiety about losing her land to “a monster machine” cuts close to the heart as it takes head-on an issue that is ravaging tribal Chhattisgarh, where this story is set, and every other place where there is ‘development’ at a cost.
2018: Winner, Neev Book Award - Best Picture Book
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|Specifications||28 pages; 8.5" x 9.5"; full colour; soft cover|
|Tags||strong girl, women, gender, land, land rights, environment, fighting for justice, development, social theme|
Imbued with nuance and yet simplistic enough for a child
The tiny story poignantly captures the essential conflict of balancing ‘development’ with preserving the way of life for the people whose land it is. In this web of concerns that the author rises, Mati and her Ajji stand out – strong women with a fierce love for their land… Rinchin has a characteristic flare for turning tense, complicated issues into stories, which are so imbued with nuance and yet simplistic enough for a child to relate to. - "The Book Review"
Understanding the value of what we own
I Will Save My Land challenges young readers to understand and empathise with lives lived under such difficult circumstances.Goodbooks.in