The Spider’s Web


Author: Lata Mani
Illustrated by Ashok Rajagopalan

9788181466419 | PB | pp. 20 | 2009 | Tulika Books

When Ali focuses on a spider’s web through a camera, he understands the difference between looking and seeing. Photographs and illustrations take the understanding further.

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Ali did not know how to really see until he looked closely at a spider’s web through his father’s camera. . .The Spider’s Web is one of several stories by Lata Mani in which loving attention to the self, other and environment makes magical a child’s experience of the everyday. A dynamic tranquility pervades the stories drawing the reader and listening child into a contemplative journey of discovery. The nature of relationships in the human and natural world are subtly presented through warm illustrations and revealing photographs.

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Lata Mani
Illustrator: Ashok Rajagopalan




Tulika Books


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About the Contributors

Lata Mani is a historian, poet and cultural critic. She has published on issues ranging from feminism to contemporary politics and spiritual philosophy. Her adventures with writing for children began in 2008 with a request for a story from her four-year-old nephew, and, as it can sometimes happen, one story led to another. Lata lives in Bengaluru.

Ashok Rajagopalan writes and draws for children’s books. He believes that anyone who wants to can draw or write. He lives in a sleepy suburb of Chennai with his family and books. His evocative, comic illustrations fill the pages of many Tulika books.


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