Author: V Geetha
Illustrator: Rohima Chitrakar
Publisher: Tara Books
This activity book in the Bengal Patua style of scroll painting depicts the everyday world of the Santhal people, who are amongst India’s largest indigenous communities. Fold by colourful fold, the scroll opens out into a gorgeous panorama of village life, teeming with people, animals and activities. Accompanying text—along with careful pointers and questions—encourages the child to discover details, make connections, and set off on an exploration of village life.
What I loved about the book were the bright colors, which a toddler/ preschooler is bound to love. I would hang the book up on my wall if I could! The opportunity to peek deeply into Patua art is great for the adults reading the book! Don't miss the chance to introduce your child to the beautiful world of folk art. An activity book is a great place to start.
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