The Old Animals' Forest Band by Sirish Rao

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In this Indian version of the well-known Brothers Grimm tale, four animals—a sleepy dog, an unmilkable cow, a weak-kneed donkey, and a confused cockerel—are thrown out by ungrateful masters. But once they come together in the forest, they prove they’re anything but useless . . .

Sirish Rao is an exciting new voice in Indian writing. His eighteen titles range from children’s books to collections of pop art, and several have won international awards.

Artist Durga Bai is a young tribal artist of the Gond tradition of central India. She is the winner of the 2008 Bologna Ragazzi Award for New Horizons.


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An exciting voice in contemporary Indian writing, Sirish Rao has authored over eighteen books, ranging from novels to children's books, re-tellings of myths to pop art collections. HIs books have won international awards and have been translated into several languages. His writing reflects his interest in nature, mountaineering, travel, eccentric people and the oddities of language. Durga Bai is a young woman tribal artist from the Gond tradition of central India. Gond is a ritual and functional art style with distinctive decorative elements, mostly painted on walls of houses, using natural colours. Durga Bai constantly re-works and pushes the borders of the Gond art form to create art that sparkles with a distinctive energy.
Published October 1, 2008 by Tara Books. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books.

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The swiftly told tale differs from the original in some details (the animals never set out specifically to be musicians, for instance), but the story has the same general outline of events and retains the familiar image of the four animals perched on each other’s backs.

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