The Enduring Ark
Publication Date: May 2013
List Price: $21.95*
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"The book’s innovative accordion design illustrated in the Bengal Patua style of scroll painting is just one of the sumptuous design elements that distinguish it as a remarkable offering. . . A gorgeous re-envisioning of an old, old story." Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"This striking version is illustrated by Joydeb Chitrakar in a Bengali style of scroll paintingwith rich colors, strong black lines"The Wall Street Journal
"The stunning illustrationswhich really constitute one continual imagereflect an openhearted, instantly accessible folk art aesthetic . . . a glorious example of storytelling’s universality."Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"This beautifully designed and intelligently produced retelling of the flood expands the bounds of bookmaking." Shelf Awareness
In this Indian version of the Biblical tale, talented Bengali Patua scroll painter Joydeb Chitrakar leads the reader from a deluge of water to a rainbow of hope. A book that can be leafed through in the traditional way or unfolded out as an accordion, the vibrant illustrations and concise text provide a singular approach to a very ancient, universal story. Suitable for children ages 6+.
Joydeb Chitrakar and Moyna Chitrakar are scroll painters from the Patua storytelling tradition. They live in West Bengal, India.