Hope Is a Girl Selling Fruit
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"Remarkable. The sparse, simple story feels timeless and universal, and the illustrations are as important to telling the tale as is the text. This is a book to be lingered over and savored." -- Debbie Stoller, BUST
" 'I want to be brave, and different.' Das's memoir spills over the boundaries and scope of typical picture books, and her honesty and empathy are instantly palpable."-- Publishers Weekly
" Das debuts with illustrations done in a distinctive Indian style paired to a brief meditative text--part memoir, part artist's statement, part rumination--on women's personal journeys." -- Kirkus
On a train journey to a large city, a young woman notices a very poor girl. Who is she? Where is she going? What does her future hold? Hope Is a Girl Selling Fruit
is a gentle, reflective account of a young woman's thoughts and feelings as she comes into contact with the larger world. The rich imagery takes the story into another realm, inviting the reader to interpret it at many levels. Young Indian artist Amrita Das pushes the boundaries of her traditional art to radical new ends as she muses on women's mobility, class, and choices.
Praise For Hope Is a Girl Selling Fruit…
"Remarkable. The sparse, simple story feels timeless and universal, and the illustrations are as important to telling the tale as is the text. This is a book to be lingered over and savored." Debbie Stoller, BUST
Tara Books, 9789383145027, 28pp.
Publication Date: April 15, 2014
About the Author
Amrita Das is a young artist working within the Mithila style of folk painting. Mithila art originated with women in rural communities in the state of Bihar, India, who traditionally decorated the floors and walls of their homes with strong, traditional designs and symbols. Part of a new generation of Mithila artists who are pushing the boundaries of this art form to radical new ends, she lives in Bihar, India.