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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)
Hen-sparrow Turns Purple
by Gita Wolf
Age Range: 6-8
Hen-sparrow falls into a vat of dye and turns completely purple! This terrible
calamity provokes a chain reaction of mourning throughout the land. This
retelling of an old Indian tale has been exquisitely produced with silk-screen
illustrations on brown paper and hand-pasted coloured artwork on every
page. The illustrations are reminiscent of elaborate Indian miniature paintings.
Designed in a very original accordion-style, this book can be used as a
wall-hanging, making it ideal for teachers or storytellers to read aloud.
Hen-sparrow Turns Purple won the Biennale of Illustrations, Bratislava, in 1999.
(Outside In: Children’s Books in Translation, Milet, 2005)