Aleph Kamal The Bird Who Was an Elephant

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The Bird Who Was an Elephant

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A story about a bird who wants to know about its past lives, and in the process, explores the streets and shops of a village in India. The story was born of the writer's desire to write a story about India for the children of the West. Written by Aleph Kamal; illustrated by Frane Lessac. Unpaginated [32 pages]; full-page color illustrations throughout; 10.25 x 9.75 inches.

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This cheerful picture book presents a day in the life of a bird who was an elephant long ago and has just returned to its small Hindu village in India. As it visits acquaintances and announces, "I'm back," readers are provided with a travelogue of colorful sights: women bathing in their saris, little shops like rows of closets, a cow with a painted forehead and horns wearing necklaces, and peacocks and monkeys wandering about freely. A visit to a palmist to ask about the bird's past and future lives provides an opportunity to explicate the concept of reincarnation. The full-page watercolors are entertaining, descriptive, and effective. They capture a sense of place and climate with an appropriately decorative, naive, yet sophisticated style. The borders around the pictures and accompanying text use faces, moons, statues, trains, snakes, and other details related to the main illustrations. Witty touches are included: the palmist's press clippings from recent travels, fish swimming among the bathers, lizards on the walls, portable radios blasting away in the street, posters of teeth in a dentist's office, and numerous religious images on calendars. This is a pleasant introduction to India for primary grades, and one that will stir memories for those who have traveled to this far-off land. --Marilyn Iarusso, New York Pub . Lib .
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

The Hindu concept of reincarnation is the inspiration for this visually arresting book, in which a white bird is told he was an elephant in a former life. As the bird flits through the busy village streets, images of Indian culture filter through: crowded stalls in the marketplace, gaily colored clothing, the cacophony of sounds and, most of all, the smells--spices, incense, jasmine. Indian words ("namaste," "baksheesh," "rupee"), sprinkled throughout the text and explained at the end, add to the foreign flavor. Best known for her Caribbean-inspired artwork, Lessac's primitive style translates well to this setting; her colorful paintings and whimsical border designs radiate warmth and affection. While Kamal's story is a simple one, the harmonious blend of words and paintings offers readers a series of unique impressions of life in this exotic land. Ages 5-9.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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