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The Blue Jackal by Shobha Viswanath
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The Blue Jackal (edition 2016)

by Shobha Viswanath (Author), Dileep Joshi (Illustrator)

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Title:The Blue Jackal
Authors:Shobha Viswanath (Author)
Other authors:Dileep Joshi (Illustrator)
Info:Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (2016), 34 pages
Collections:children, Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Indian

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This is a retelling of a folk tale from India. While the story is told in simple, clear language appropriate for any age (the story is about identity, sense of self and self-worth), the artwork is what makes this special. The darker palette reinforces the night setting of the story, and the drawings are suggestive of cave drawings. They seem to float, crawl, and fly across the page. Based on Indian Warli artwork of white rice flour painting on a mud background, according to the inside blurb, the drawings are reduced to complex patterns of lines that come alive in swirls and repetitive motions and counter-motions. As an adult, I must admit I was far more interested in the artwork, but the story and art are well integrated.
Highly recommended for children, and any adults interested in modern re-use of ancient art-forms. This title expands the current folk lit area to include India, which I rarely find in an illustrated format for children. ( )
  mschmidt | Sep 9, 2017 |
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What do you do when you are a jackal runt and everyone picks on you. You go away to find food elsewhere. This is what Juno did in this story. It is also the story of how Juno the jackal became blue and what happened next.
This is a traditional story from India and the artwork is also based on artwork in India. If you are studying fables or art from around the world, this book could be a valuable addition to your lesson.
  stined | Feb 4, 2017 |
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This is a folk story retelling with such beautiful artwork that I could stare at it for hours. Seems to be for early elementary age children, but is both told and illustrated in such a way that I think both younger and older children would enjoy it. ( )
  LizzysLibrary | May 8, 2016 |
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The drawings/art style is really just riviting- we spent some period of an hour or more inventing stories about all the background critters and why the tiger looks so upset, and afterword found ourselves researching the group the style is derived from. Wonderful.

the story was a tad disappointing, in comparison. ( )
  Kesterbird | Apr 11, 2016 |
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This book is a retelling of a fable from India.  The illustrations by Dileep Joshi were inspired by the art of the Warli tribe in western India.  Their paintings use only white (from rice flour) on a mud background that is often the reddish-brown color of most of the pages of the book.

The story, about a jackal who is bullied until he falls in a vat of blue dye and is treated like a king, is told in rhyme, making it more accessible for younger children.  This will be a great multicultural addition to a traditional literature collection for teachers and libraries. ( )
  rdg301library | Apr 8, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802854664, Hardcover)

Juno the jackal is the runt of the pack, and the other animals bully him because of his size. One night, Juno is chased by some dogs from the village, and he hides in a vat of indigo dye to escape. When he returns to the forest, his fur is bright blue, and the animals hail this strange new creature as their king. But can Juno keep his true identity hidden?

Featuring illustrations inspired by traditional Warli artwork and an informative historical note, this Indian folktale will spark a wonderful discussion about the relationship between perception and reality

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:10:35 -0500)

A timid jackal become king of the forest by virtue of his extraordinary color. When a lion killed many animals in the forest, the animals decided to send one animal a day to the lion so that the other animals would be safe. When the clever rabbit was sent to the lion, he tricked the lion into believing that there was another lion in a well. When the lion jumped into the well to attack the other lion, he died.… (more)

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