Sabri’s Colours


Author: Rinchin
Illustrated by Shailja Jain

9788181466549 | Centre Stapled | pp. 28 | 2009 | Tulika Publishers

In this book, set in Madhya Pradesh, Sabri loves to draw. She draws all the time. Then one day she discovers colours.

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Sabri loves to draw. She draws wherever she can. On the floor of the hut with rough chalk, or with her one and only pencil on paper from old notebooks. She draws her world “the sun coming up from behind the hills, her Ayti and Baba and little Chakuli crawling, the chicken, the goats. . . Then one day in school she sees long colour pencils, and paint that comes out of bottles. After that it isn`t enough for her to draw” she longs to fill the pictures with colour.

Sabri’s Colours captures the poignancy of Sabri’s yearning with skill and understatement. While it tugs at the heart, the young girl’s spirit and determination to get what is out of her reach is powerful and inspiring. The strong lines and colours of the pictures beautifully illustrate the mood of the story.

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Illustrator: Shailja Jain




Tulika Publishers


Centre Stapled



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About the Contributors

The author lives in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, working with people’s movements. She loves stories, and feels everyone should have something to read that reflects the world around them. She has published several books including Sabri’s Colours, The Trickster Bird and the award winning I Will Save My Land. She has also contributed short stories to various anthologies.

The illustrator loves dogs and trees, and cycles around Pune, sketching. Some of her other books are Jhakkad, Rangoli and The Talkative Tortoise.


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