In Bon Bibi’s Forest

Title of Picture Book: In Bon Bibi’s Forest

Author: Sandhya Rao

Illustrator: Proti Roy

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Tulika Publishers, India

Publisher’s Blurb: The quiet villages of Sundarban are terrorised by a monster with wild eyes, sharp teeth, striped skin and pointed nails – Dokkhin Rai! Until finally, Bon Bibi, protector of the forests and people asks hi a simple questions: Why do you do this?
The answer to this question is central to the age-old theme of human-animal harmony that has inspired many stories, including this one. Set in a lesser known part of Bengal, the lush and mysterious Sundarban, the textured narrative and dramatic, detailed illustrations evoke a distinct culture of the place – the natural confluence of Hindu and Muslim mythologies, and the rhythm and concerns of everyday life at the edge of the jungle.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): places, values

5 Keywords (other than themes): environment, siblings, legends, nature, not wasting

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An interesting tale.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 81-8146-925-9

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Moses

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The Churki-Burki Book of Rhyme

Title of Picture Book: The Churki-Burki Book of Rhymes

Author: Gita Wolf

Illustrator: Durga Bai

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Tara Books, India

Publisher’s Blurb: Meet Churki and Burki, the rhyming sisters, and spend a day with them in their village, playing and singing songs.
Adapted from the Gond artist Durga Bai’s rendering of her own childhood in her village Patangahr, this is a merry take of fun and rhyme.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): family

5 Keywords (other than themes): village, drawings, rhymes, games, sisters

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Unusual style of drawings.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-93-80340-06-7

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Moses

List: Manjhi Moves a Mountain

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Title of Picture Book: Manjhi Moves a Mountain

Author: Nancy Churnin

Illustrator: Danny Popovici

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Creston Books, U.S.A.

Publisher’s Blurb: Dashrath Manjhi used a hammer and chisel, grit, determination, and twenty years to carve a path through the mountain separating his poor village from the nearby village with schools, markets, and a hospital. Manjhi Moves a Mountain shows how everyone can make a difference if your heart is big enough.

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Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): Self, Places, Value

5 Keywords (other than themes): social justice, perseverance, vision, patience, service

Brief Review (in under 50 words): “Manjhi’s story is an excellent reminder of the power of one person to change the world and bring communities together.”
— Clare Doornbus, Diesel Bookstore
“Manjhi Moves a Mountain” is a true modern treasure and wisdom life story.”
–Midwest Book Review

Where to buy or borrow (if available): amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, crestonbooks.co

ISBN Number (if available): 978-1-939547-34-7

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Nancy Churnin

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List: Rooster Raga

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Title of Picture Book: Rooster Raga

Author: Natasha Sharma

Illustrator: Priya Kuriyan

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Tulika Books, India

Publisher’s Blurb: Do roosters sing ragas? This one does, but like all true artists discovers it after a lot of struggle! Every time he opens his mouth he has a new tune – but not the kukaroo kuroo of the other roosters! His friends skip and stretch, stamp and roll while trying to teach him to get it right. This cheeky, foot-tapping story invites big and little readers to move and sing, clap and tap along with Priya Kuriyan’s expressive characters.

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5 Keywords (other than themes): animals, music, exercise, farm, creativity

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This is an interesting book that invites participation in moving and singing along with a host of farm animals. It also invites a chat about talents, confidence, creativity, practice and helping others. It cold also lead to an exploration of Asian music terms such as “raga”.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): NLB Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-93-5046-454-0