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Review of Beasts of India

Beasts of India
edited by Kanchana Arni and Gita Wolf; illus. by various artists
Preschool, Primary    Tara    48 pp.
6/18    978-93-83145-58-4    $30.00

Pricey, sure, but precious (it’s a limited edition), this small square book depicts animals of India screen-printed on textured paper. The diversity is both biological (tiger, deer, snake, etc.) and cultural, with the images coming from more than a dozen artists from different areas of India. We see four different pictures of tigers, for example, each distinct, one richly patterned in green from an artist from the Gond tribe in Madhya Pradesh, another in fierce red from Orissa. Color choices for backgrounds complement the mostly two-color images of the animals, each given its own spread, with the name of the animal and art style of the rendering facing the full-page picture of each magnificent creature. Full art notes (including name and gender of artist, thematic influences, and original media) are appended.

From the July/August 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: ALA Awards.

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.

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