Alone in the Forest

By Bhajju Shyam; Gita Wolf; Andrea Anastasio
Tara Books, Hardcover, 9788192317151, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 2013

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"The terrifying experience of being alone in the woods is rendered through the eyes of a young Indian boy. . . A familiar story arc conveyed through traditional art captivates with its freshness and originality." - Starred Review, "Kirkus Reviews"
"Shyam's stylized, boldly outlined forms brim with energy... A simple, satisfying story, much enriched by its cultural grounding and handsome art." - "Horn Book Magazine"
"This exquisite piece of storytelling speaks both to our crippling fear of the unfamiliar and our ability to transcend it and emerge somehow enriched by that experience." - "Brain Pickings"
One day Musa sets off from his village to collect firewood. It is the first time he has ventured out alone. Suddenly he hears a loud noise and becomes very afraid. Was the sound a wild boar? A whole herd of wild boars? Or something even worse?
Typography, book design, contemporary tribal artwork, and narrative merge in this powerful yet sensitive visual story for children about fear. Artwork by the talented Bhajju Shyam, the celebrated Gond folk artist from India, whose previous books include "The Night Life of Trees" and "That's How I See Things."
US Grade Level Equivalent: 1, US Guided Reading Level: I

About the Author
Bhajju Shyam, of the acclaimed The Night Life of Trees, is the finest living artist of the Gond tribe in India. Intricate and colourful, Bhajju's work is well-known throughout India and has been exhibited in the UK, Germany, Holland and Russia. From the walls of his tribal village home to international acclaim, Bhajju's has been an incredible creative Gita Wolf and illustrated by Annouchka Gravel GalouchkoAndrea, a philosophy graduate, has designed for world-class groups like Memphis and Artemide, and his work is in the permanent collections of museums around the world. He was the 2005 artist-in-residence at Boston' Gardner Museum. This is the first time his work appears in book form. Andrea lives between Italy, India, Japan, Hong Kong and the United States.
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