I love it when I find a book that pushes the book form in a new direction. I love pop-up, accordion, lift-the-flap, die cut and all manner of interactive books. I also love books that introduce different cultures. Visit the Bhil Carnival by Subhash Amaliyar and Gita Wolf satisfy both loves and is a pure delight. My pictures do it no justice, but you can get an idea of how much fun it is.
|The book opens to a folded page.|
|We’re in invited in.|
When I read it to one of my 6 year old foster grandkids, she was amazed that so much story and so many illustrations could be found in the one fold out page. It sparked conversation about when she went to a fair and helped her remember all the fun she had. We also talked about the many ways stories can be presented.
|This fold out ferris wheel pops out when you lift the top part of the page.|
The distinct nature of the illustrations are bright and inviting. Everyone is lit up like a carnival ride.
The exuberant art by Subhash Amaliyar is created in the style of the Bhil people of central India. The Bhils live on the edge of the forest and work hard at farming, fishing, and gathering firewood. The Bhagoria carnival takes place in July. It’s a time to celebrate, connect with friends and family from other villages, and have fun. Two children, Neela and Peela, are at the fair on their own for the first time. Everything tempts them, they buy balloons, ice cream, and ride the ferris wheel.
Tara Books has always been a stellar book publisher, introducing the world to the traditional art of India. Many of their books use handmade papers, traditional printing techniques and hand sewn bindings.
This book combines the features of a map, a pop-up and a secret story book, with the text in a little book in the corner of the fold-out adventure.
You can read more about Tara books on a post I wrote on them here. Their books are like art galleries that fit on the bookshelf. You can visit their website here.
This book is a delight in every way both for children and adults, for anyone who celebrates life, stories, and books. Join the fun!