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Karadi Tales picture books, Rs 150
Karadi Tales picture books, Rs 150
Updated: Sat, Dec 03 2011. 11 56 AM IST
Lounge Loves | Karadi Tales picture books
Dorje the Royal Bengal tiger loses a stripe every time a tiger in the forest is killed. Over time, as the tiger population of India disappears, he loses them all—as we discover in Dorje’s Stripes.
Karadi Tales picture books, Rs 150
Illustrated beautifully in watercolours by Korean artists Gwangjo and Jung-a Park, the book is one of five of Karadi Tales’ latest collections of picture books, each with a message. “We began working on picture books around two years ago and wanted to put together a series of books that introduces children to high-quality storytelling and artwork,” says Shobha Viswanath, publishing director of Karadi Tales. Best known for audio books, Karadi Tales ventured into picture books in an attempt to fill a gap in the Indian children’s book market.
“The writing style has consciously been kept simple and straightforward. At the same time, the books are witty and quirky. We intend to encourage children to read purely for the sake of pleasure,” says Viswanath, adding that any learning is incidental.
Karadi Tales picture books, Rs 150
The series is aimed at children aged 4-8. Dorje’s Stripes and Dancing Bear are stories about ecological responsibility, while When the Earth Lost its Shapes is a simple tale about team spirit and conviction that introduces children to the world of shapes. Whose Lovely Child Can You Be?, a story about the wonderful experience of having an adopted child in your life, features artwork by young British artist Christine Tappin.
Viswanath agrees that it can be a challenge to sell picture books in India. “Twenty books packed in a huge volume will sell well, but even though children tend to enjoy picture books, in the mind of the parent, it is paying too much for too little,” she says. So they kept the parent in mind when creating these books.
Karadi Tales picture books, Rs 150 each.
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First Published: Fri, Dec 02 2011. 06 52 PM IST