One, Two, Tree!


Authors: Anushka Ravishankar, Sirish Rao
Illustrated by Durga Bai

9789383145096 | PB | pp. 48 | 2013 | Tara Books

One, Two, Tree! pairs the sophistication of an art book for children with the accessibility of a read-aloud nursery rhyme.

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One, Two, Tree! modelled around a nursery rhyme, introduces children to the brilliant original art by Durga Bai, a Gond tribal woman artist from central India most well-known for her work in the handmade book, The Night Life of Trees. Together the playful images and verse bring to life this vivacious and colorful tree of animals. From the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India, the Gonds are a community of highly visual people. They surround themselves with their stunning art, which is traditionally painted on the mud floors and walls of their homes. Hailing from a densely forested region, the tree is at the heart of their art, providing a rich source of inspiration.

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Anushka Ravishankar, Sirish Rao
Illustrator: Durga Bai







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About the Contributors

Sirish Rao is one of the most exciting new voices in contemporary Indian writing. He has authored more than fifteen books, ranging from novels and children’s books to retellings of myths and collections of pop art. Several of his titles have won international awards. His writing reflects his interests in nature, mountaineering, travel and the oddities of language.

Anushka Ravishankar is one of India’s most celebrated children’s authors, and her witty and jubilant tales are internationally acclaimed and widely translated. She has now written over twenty books and travelled widely performing from her stories. In 2012, she founded the Indian children’s publishing house Duckbill together with Sayoni Basu.

The illustrator is a female artist working within the Gond tradition of tribal art from Madhya Pradesh, central India. Her work constantly re-works and pushes the boundaries of the Gond art form to create a style that sparkles with a distinctive energy. Her work has been exhibited both within India and abroad, and she’s worked on several of Tara’s seminal projects.


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