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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)
You're Safe With Me
by Chitra Sounder
Age Range: Under_5
When the moon rises high and the stars twinkle, it is bedtime for the baby animals of the Indian forest. But tonight, a storm is brewing and the young animals can’t sleep. As the storm rages it is only wise Mama Elephant who is able to reassure them with her soothing words and explanations. She tells them not to be afraid of the wind, because it brings seeds from faraway lands and only huffs and puffs because he is tired. Not to be frightened of the lightening that streaks the sky because it is only the clouds colliding, “You’re safe with me” she tells them.
You’re Safe With Me by Chitra Sounder is a gorgeous lyrical tale inspired by the rich traditions of Indian folklore and nature. The text uses a repetitive structure making it perfect for reading aloud as it weaves through the spectacular artwork from illustrator Poonam Mistry who has created a truly magical spectacle. Mistry’s style explores the relationship between pattern, shapes and colour and is heavily influenced by Indian textiles, paintings, folklore and nature. Her intricate lavish and earthy coloured geometric shapes are mesmerising.