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.]