I’m always impressed with the innovative and colorful books Tara Books publish. One of their latest, A Village Is a Busy Place! by Rohima Chitrakar and V. Geetha, is an activity book with a structure I’ve never seen before. It’s illustrated in the Bengal Patua style of scroll painting. It unfolds and the picture gets bigger and bigger, each illustration blending into the next, until it’s about 4 feet long.
It opens with plans for a wedding, shows what a normal day is like in the village, and how everyone works with each other to meet the village needs.
The text is on plain white paper, bordered in yellow. Children can look for the wedding chair, the cat, the cooks, the fishermen and other things described in the text. Because the illustrations are done in folk art style, the search will help develop visual literacy skills, as well as introduce the culture of the Santhal people, who are among India’s largest indigenous communities.
The book has a grommet in the top so it can be hung as a colorful work of art in a classroom, or in my case, my art studio. Here’a video by Indian Mom’s Connect that shows how the book unfolds:
It’s charming and wonderful to read to children,. They love to see new styles of books, books that surprise and delight.
You can find a copy of the book through Tara Books or Amazon.com. I urge you to look at Tara Books website. It shows the fascinating process of how their books are made as well as information on their many publications.
You can also see other books I’ve reviewed from Tara books here:
Don’t let your age keep you from reading picture books. Delight has no age limits.
2 thoughts on “Unique village, Charming Book”
Thank you for sharing this, Joy. What a beautiful book – and I love that you can hang it in your studio. I appreciate your recommendation of Tara Publishing. Just purchased a special book for a family member – ‘The Cloth of the Mother Goddess’. There is a video about the making of this book, and it’s quite remarkable. I’ll be recommending books by Tara Publishing to the Auckland Libraries group if they don’t already purchase from them. Best wishes Joy – it’s great you are settling in to your new home now.
I’m always happy when someone finds Tara books. They are remarkable in every way. I try to buy them as gifts, but usually they are gifts for me 🙂