Friday, April 08, 2016

543 (2016 #9). The Blue Jackal

by Shobha Viswanath

This book is a retelling of a fable from India.  The illustrations by Dileep Joshi were inspired by the art of the Warli tribe in western India.  Their paintings use only white (from rice flour) on a mud background that is often the reddish-brown color of most of the pages of the book.

The story, about a jackal who is bullied until he falls in a vat of blue dye and is treated like a king, is told in rhyme, making it more accessible for younger children.  This will be a great multicultural addition to a traditional literature collection for teachers and libraries.

© Amanda Pape - 2016

[I received this hardbound through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.  It will be added to my university library's collection.]

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