Synopses & Reviews
"The books 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
"This striking version is illustrated by Joydeb Chitrakar in a Bengali style of scroll painting—with rich colors, strong black lines." — The Wall Street Journal
"The stunning illustrations—which really constitute one continual image—reflect an openhearted, instantly accessible folk art aesthetic . . . a glorious example of storytellings universality."— Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"An arresting first image—Gods huge, baleful eye—is the visual source of all that follows. . . provocative" — The Horn Book Magazine
"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 an ancient, universal story. Suitable for children ages 6+.
US Grade Level Equivalent: 3, US Guided Reading Level: O
"'You may have heard this story before,' writes Wolf (The Very Hungry Lion) in the opening of this inspired retelling of Noah's Ark, 'but great tales deserve to be repeated and so let me tell it here again, in my way.' Chitrakar's (Tsunami) visual approach is based on West Bengal Patua scroll painting, an accordion-style format that allows this epic story to literally unfold for readers. The stunning illustrations which really constitute one continual image reflect an openhearted, instantly accessible folk art aesthetic, with flattened perspectives, naÃ¯ve characterizations, and highly stylized depictions of nature. There is much to love: the traditional Indian garb of Noah and his wife Na'mah; the comic earnestness of the animals; the ark itself, with its templelike architecture and implacable bird figureheads at bow and stern; and even the destructive floodwaters, depicted as roiling lines of deep blue, black, and silvery white, which spring from the eyes of a saddened deity. Chitrakar and Wolf, who writes with customary elegance, have created an essential addition to any library, and a glorious example of storytelling's universality. Ages 6 up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
A highly original and creative voice in contemporary Indian publishing, Gita Wolf
is known for her interest in exploring and experimenting with the form of the book. She has written over twenty books for children and adults, many of which have been translated into multiple languages and recognized internationally. Joydeb Chitrakar
is an artist working in the Patua scroll painting tradition from West Bengal in India. The Enduring Ark
is his second project with Tara Books, the first being the handmade scrollbook Tsunami
, an accordion book which he collaborated with his wife Moyna to produce. He lives in Nirbhaypur Village, West Bengal, India with his wife Moyna & their children.