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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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.| Read Full Review of The Old Animals' Forest Band