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