I Is for India

I Is for India

by Prodeepta Das
     
 

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From Bullock cart to Peacock, from Namaskar to Tea, this photographic alphabet is a celebration of India in all its vast and colourful diversity. Prodeepta Das explores India's customs, religions and culture, focusing both on the rhythms of the bustling cities, and on day-to-day village life. A stunningly photographed introduction to this unique and vibrant

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From Bullock cart to Peacock, from Namaskar to Tea, this photographic alphabet is a celebration of India in all its vast and colourful diversity. Prodeepta Das explores India's customs, religions and culture, focusing both on the rhythms of the bustling cities, and on day-to-day village life. A stunningly photographed introduction to this unique and vibrant subcontinent.

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Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Part of a series on countries and regions of the world, this colorful, library-reinforced volume, encased in strikingly beautiful end papers, portrays the subcontinent as a place rich with many cultures, languages and peoples. Bustling cities contrast with lush, green paddy fields, and the diversity of the country shines proudly through. Photographs taken by the author provide vibrant illustration to the text. Note that this reviewer found two typographical errors, and one minor factual one-under D for Diwali, the hero god Rama returns home after fourteen, not twelve years in exile. Still, this book could fill a niche for this age group on a social studies shelf.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-This fine title introduces snippets of the culture, religions, and lifestyles of the people of India. Organized alphabetically, it combines a short paragraph that explains a word having to do with some aspect of Indian life, accompanied by a full-color photograph. Das states in his introductory note that he is from Orissa in eastern India and that "the words and images in this book reflect the India I know and love." The explanations are well written and give a clear definition of the terms under discussion. For the most part, the selected words are well chosen. Only occasionally is it apparent that the demands of the alphabet have led to forced word choice. The excellent-quality photographs are equally well selected, clarifying the information in the paragraph. The author describes the continent as having surprising contrasts, and indeed several do emerge within the A-Z format. There are many number of fine books on India for young people, most of them offering a broader scope. Collections supporting a study of the country, however, will definitely want to add this attractive offering.-Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845073206
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
09/09/2004
Series:
World Alphabets Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.52(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

PRODEEPTA DAS was born in Cuttack, in eastern India. He is a freelance photographer and author whose pictures have been published in over 20 children's books. In 1991 Inside India, which he also wrote, won the Commonwealth Photographer's Award. Prodeepta's books for Frances Lincoln are P is for Pakistan, Prita Goes to India, K is for Korea, We are Britain!, Geeta's Day, I is for India, J is for Jamaica, Kamal Goes to Trinidad, P is for Poland, T is for Turkey, S is for South Africa, R is for Russiaand B is for Bangladesh. Prodeepta lives in London.'

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