What I’m Up To at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring
Joydeb Chitrakar, Thomas Gonzalez, & Amanda Hall

h1 April 19th, 2013 by jules


“Instantly, the sun vanished and the sky turned black.
Rain began to pour like a great waterfall from the sky.”
— From Gita Wolf’s
The Enduring Ark, illustrated by Joydeb Chitrakar


“Flags wave, banners fly, crowds cheer at the village square. But this time Gandhi marches by. He finally stops, at the far edge of town, where the Untouchables live. Outcasts of the Hindu faith, dirty, ragged, poor, pushed away by all — but Gandhi.”
— From Alice B. McGinty’s
Gandhi: A March to the Sea,
illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez

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“‘I would not invite my son’s friends into my home without giving them a proper meal, especially on a holiday like Diwali. When a guest walks into your house, God comes with him and there must be food waiting.’ Anika said, ‘The family is high-caste Brahmin and very wealthy. Maybe they do things differently.’ ‘No,’ Kumar told his older sister, ‘in school Andal is not stuck-up. He is a friend with everybody in our fourth class.'”
— From Gloria Whelan’s
In Andal’s House,
illustrated by Amanda Hall


 

Anyone else seen Mark Pett’s The Boy and the Airplane (Simon & Schuster, April 2013)? That’s what I wrote about over at Kirkus today, and the link is here. I hope that Mark can visit 7-Imp next week for a short chat, and I’ll also have some art from the book then.

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Last week, I wrote about three new picture book offerings that are about India in one way or another: Gita Wolf’s The Enduring Ark, illustrated by Joydeb Chitrakar and to be released in May by Tara Books; Alice B. McGinty’s Gandhi: A March to the Sea, illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez and released by Amazon Children’s Publishing this month; and a new title in Sleeping Bear Press’ Tales of the World series, Gloria Whelan’s In Andal’s House, illustrated by Amanda Hall and released in March.

That link is here, if you missed it last week, and there’s a bit more art below from each book.

Enjoy.

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“Then they were to go out and look for a pair—a male and a female—of every sort of animal they could find on land, water and air. After the flood had swept away all other living things, these creatures would create new life.
Once the ark was ready, Noah and Na’mah set out on their search.”



Image showing the book’s accordion folds, followed by the book’s cover

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“Long wooden bridges / over marshy land / lead the marchers to the sea. /
The Arabian Sea — / white salt dusting dark sand.”

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“With thin fingers, / Gandhi scoops up / the salty, sandy mud. /
He holds out the pile / for all to see. Salt!”

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“‘I could not draw water for my mother from the well lest I pollute the well. I had to beg water from others. If I was given a drink of water, it was from a clay cup and afterward the cup was broken. I could not go into a store. There was no school for me. To this day I cannot read or write very well. The great man, Gandhi, said such treatment of the untouchables was very wrong.
He called us
Harijans, children of God. …”
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THE ENDURING ARK. Copyright © 2012 by Gita Wolf. Illustrations copyright © 2012 by Joydeb Chitrakar. Published by Tara Books. Illustrations reproduced with permission of the publisher.

GANDHI: A MARCH TO THE SEA. Copyright © 2013 by Alice B. McGinty. Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Thomas Gonzalez. Published by Amazon Children’s Publishing, Las Vegas. Illustrations reproduced with permission of the publisher.

IN ANDAL’S HOUSE. Copyright © 2013 by Gloria Whelan. Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Amanda Hall. Published by Sleeping Bear Press, Ann Arbor, MI. Illustrations reproduced with permission of the publisher.

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One comment to “What I’m Up To at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring
Joydeb Chitrakar, Thomas Gonzalez, & Amanda Hall”

  1. Thanks for sharing these beautiful selections! Always so enlightening to see what’s up at Seven Imp.


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