Do!

Do!

by Ramesh Hengadi, Gita Wolf
     
 

Do! is a set of action pictures rendered in the elegantly minimalist Warli style of tribal art. It introduces basic verbs to the young reader through a series of delicately drawn pictograms, which both illustrate the verb and tell a further string of stories. Every page or pair of pages invites the child to explore a busy world and make up her own tales. The

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Do! is a set of action pictures rendered in the elegantly minimalist Warli style of tribal art. It introduces basic verbs to the young reader through a series of delicately drawn pictograms, which both illustrate the verb and tell a further string of stories. Every page or pair of pages invites the child to explore a busy world and make up her own tales. The art conjures up a world teeming with human figures, animals, plants, and birds.

The illustrations in Do! were made by people belonging to a tribal community in Maharashtra, in western India. Ramesh Hengadi, Rasika Hengadi, Shantaram Dhadpe, and Kusum Dhadpe are the artists featured in this book.

Do! was conceived of by Gita Wolf, who has written more than seventeen books for children and adults. A highly original and creative voice in contemporary Indian publishing, she has pursued her interest in exploring and experimenting with the form of the book and its status as a revered cultural object.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/27/2015
This unique and assiduously crafted book features illustrations by members of the Warli Tribe in Maharashtra, India, silk-screen printed on recycled craft paper the color of paper bags, lending an organic, rough-hewn feel. A single verb (pull, drink, carry) appears on each page or spread as figures in white perform each of the actions. As a note explains, the images mimic lime and chalk paintings from the region, which are traditionally created by women on walls washed with cow dung, mud, and paint. The flat, narrow, hourglass-shaped humans and primal animals possess surprising vitality: the "fight" page features figures wrestling and wielding sticks while, by a peanut shaped pond, deerlike creatures clash horns. For "play," figures play badminton, shoot marbles, jump rope, and toss balls. Parents will find the book's finesse and aesthetic appropriate for coffee table display, though kids should also grasp the concept and appreciate the stylish and dynamic imagery. Ages 4-6. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
A word is printed on single or double pages. Mainly it is a verb, like "pull," "grow," "drink," "dance," "cook," "fight," "fish," "sit," "work," "play," "talk," and finally "draw." These artists from the Warli tribal community in Maharashtra, Western India, present "typical rural art" records of village life. The pages are tan, like the mud and cow dung on the walls they are painted on; the pictures are silk-screened with white ink like the white paint used on the walls. The actions depicted are scattered over the pages. The human figures are highly stylized pictograms with bodies simply joined triangles, stick limbs, and round heads. But the included images of plants, tools, animals, etc. make it relatively easy to "read" the visual narrative. The book is bound by hand in dark brown textured board covers that add a quality of simple elegance. A die-cut added beige band notes "handmade." A note on Warli art is included. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788190754613
Publisher:
Tara Books
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Gita Wolf has written more than seventeen books for children and adults. A highly original and creative voice in contemporary Indian publishing, she has pursued her interest in exploring and experimenting with the form of the book and its status as a revered cultural object. Many of her children's books have won major international awards.

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