By Anila Akram @mailatale & online at www.mailatale.ca
“Hen-Sparrow Turns Purple”
By Gita Wolf
I’ve spent some time searching for a true South Asian classic – kidlit that I enjoy both for its plot, and its beautiful illustrations. I think this book hits the mark. Legends and myths are a staple in every culture’s history, and India is no different. The most beautiful thing about this story in particular is the award-winning illustrations and truly priceless visual experience.
Winner of the Grand Prix at the prestigious Biennale of Illustrations, this tale is designed as a scroll and silk-screened by hand, on custom-made paper.
Adapted from a traditional Indian folk-tale, Hen-sparrow falls into a vat of dye and turns purple. Her bizarre color amazes and shocks the entire kingdom, but Hen-Sparrow is a big fan of her new colour!
This is a classic for South Asian homes, and the illustrations and cover quality make it a timeless addition to any library.
Anila Akram is co-founder at Mailatale.ca, a monthly subscription service for great children’s books
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