Monday, November 29, 2010

Tiger Conservation

Recently, we worked on creating a book on the Royal Bengal Tiger. Author Anshumani Ruddra wrote a beautiful story about a Bengal tiger who escapes from the Sundarbans into Tibet and is taken in by a kindly group of monks. But this tiger is particularly unusual because he has only two stripes on his body. One morning, when a third stripe appears on his body, the monks investigate... and they're shocked by what they find. This is the story of Dorje's Stripes.

Illustrated beautifully and vividly in striking water colours by Korean artists, Gwangjo and Jung-a Park, Dorje's Stripes is not just a beautiful story - it is a real work of art.

We showed the book to some conservationists, and here's what they had to say about this gorgeous book:

Shekar Dattatri, wildlife and conservation filmmaker, who recently made the film 'The Truth About Tigers', writes:

Dorje’s Stripes is a moving tale that touches the heart. The exquisite watercolour illustrations complement the text, creating a work of art that is a joy to see and read. At a time when wild tigers are disappearing due to human greed and callousness, this small book reminds us of our humanity - and our responsibility towards the magnificent creatures that share our planet.

Valmik Thapar, natural historian and conservationist and one of India's foremost tiger experts, writes:

Dorje's Stripes is lovely. It is great for children to absorb both the tragedy of the tiger and a glimpse of hope... beautiful illustrations and an enchanting story - a must read for all!

We also received extremely positive response on this book from the international market at Frankfurt this year. And by spring 2011, this beautiful book will be available in the USA, Canada, the Philippines and some parts of Latin America through Kane/Miller Book Publishers.

The book will also be available soon in Indonesia through Kid Classic Publishers as an Indonesian-English bilingual edition. We'll keep you posted on this edition.

We're hoping for this book to travel soon to all parts of the world, because we believe it is important for all children to learn about and understand the value of one of the most beautiful creatures in our planet.

This book will soon be available from us in India. Watch out for it!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

No Distractions!

Someone recently sent us this video of a child watching ‘Eid is Here’ from Karadi Rhymes on his father’s phone. His mother refuses to believe that the hyperactive child can sit without being distracted. So she keeps trying to distract him. But the boy’s attention never wavers from the video and the rhyme. 

It’s absolutely adorable! Do watch!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Rumours in Korea!

You know how a rumour spreads from person to person? Well, now it looks like The Rumour from Karadi Tales is spreading from country to country!

That's right. This hilarious story written by Anushka Ravishankar and illustrated by Kanyika Kini is now travelling to Korea! Earlier, we showed you the Korean editions of The Lizard's Tail and When the Earth Lost its Shapes, both of which are published in Korea by Maeng & Aeng Publishers. Now, take a look at the Korean edition of The Rumour with its bold yellow cover and charming cover artwork. 

We're very excited to have our books travel to other countries and to other languages. We love knowing that children from all parts of the world get to read these beautiful Indian stories.

To know more about this lovely story, do read Uma Krishnaswami's review of the book.

Oh, and here's a secret... The Rumour will soon be published in English in Canada and the USA by Tundra Books, a Toronto-based publisher of picture books from around the world. We'll keep you posted on this edition. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Bookaroo 2010

If you'll be in Delhi this November, be sure to check out Karadi Tales at Bookaroo on 27 and 28 November!

12:00 to 01:00: Art workshop at Crafty Corner with Malavika P. C.
04:00 to 05:00: Jamming with actor Jaaved Jaaferi at the Stage

11:00 to 12:00: Collage-making workshop at Crafty Corner with Malavika P. C.
02:45 to 03:15: Story telling session at Kahani Tree with Malavika P. C.

Our books will also be available at the Eureka Bookstore on the premises of the festival!

See you there!