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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Very Hungry Lion (The)
by Gita Wolf
Age Range: 6-8
Singam is a very lazy lion who would rather trick other animals than hunt for food, but in the end he is the one who is outwitted by his prey – a sparrow, a lamb, and a deer; each of whom plays on his greed and hunger to escape being eaten.
The Very Hungry Lion is an adaptation of an ancient East Indian folk tale about laziness and greed by Gita Wolf. The text, in different colours, sometimes red and sometimes blue, is ideal for storytelling but it is the vibrant and humorous art that is so special about this book. Rendered in the Wali style of folk painting from western India (painted with white chalk on mud walls of tribal houses), the six-colour images are silk-screened by hand onto paper made from rice husks and recycled fibres. One double-page spread features the lazy lion in blue and gold while another page displays a train full of people as white silhouettes against a dark green background. Singam is shown on the right-hand page surrounded by a gold background with his face a mixture of gold and red to show his fierceness. The whole book itself is a work of art and one that should be treasured.