Title of Picture Book: The Lonely King and Queen
Author: Deepa Balsavar
Illustrator: Deepa Balsavar
Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Tulika Publishers, India
Publisher’s Blurb: A lonely king and queen hear a voice calling out for them. They look inside their home, their garden and beyond, searching in vain, while all the time it grows louder ….
Author and illustrator Deepa Balsavar says, “This is the story we made up for our little girl. As a baby it was her night-time favourite, accompanied by much acting and searching around the house. She grew up knowing that adoption is just another way in which families are created. And so it should be.”
Written like a bedtime story and illustrated with gentle humour, this book leads the reader to discover what ‘family’ really means without mystifying the fact of adoption. More, it reaffirms the right of every child to be loved and to have a home.
Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): family, values
5 Keywords (other than themes): adoption, search, home, sari, loneliness
Brief Review (in under 50 words): Simple ad charming tale dealing with the interesting topic of adoption.
Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore
ISBN Number (if available): 978-81-8146-943-4
Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Moses