Toys and Tales With Everyday Materials by Gita Wolf, Anushka Ravishankar, Sudarshan Khanna


Toys and Tales With Everyday Materials by Gita Wolf, Anushka Ravishankar, Sudarshan Khanna

This is a multi-level toy making book that addresses three age groups. For the small child, it gives step by step instructions on how to make traditional folk toys with everyday materials. For the older child, it explains simple and complex scientific principles through toymaking. For the adult, it places the tradition of toy making in a contemporary context and addresses issues of pedagogy, play, consumerism and the toy industry.

About the Author

Gita Wolf has written more than 14 books for children and adults. Considered one of the most original and creative voices in contemporary Indian publishing, she has pursued her interest in exploring and experimenting with the form of the book and its status as a revered cultural object. Several of her children's books have won major international awards. One of our most prolific children's book writers, Anushka Ravishankar has slowly but surely been securing her status as one of the best children's writers of her generation. Her expansive talent shines most brilliantly in her works of nonsense verse - jubilant and artful adaptations of this difficult genre to the cadences of Indian English. Said to be the pioneer of this form, she has earned national and international acclaim for her nine verse books released over the last decade. Rights to her books have been snapped up around the world and she has over 12 awards to her name. Her books owe their success not only to her fabulous verse, but to her willingness to collaborate and experiment with many different artists and designers - whether working with Swiss textile artists or veteran Indian illustrators, the best aspect of Anushka's work is the cohesion she creates between the text, typography and artwork of each scene. Professor Sudarshan Khanna heads the Toy Centre for research, evaluation and documentation at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. He is India's leading expert on folk and traditional toymaking, and works to keep these traditions alive wherever he finds them.

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144 pages
Interest Age: From 8 To 11


Gita Wolf, Anushka Ravishankar, Sudarshan Khanna
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Publication date

30th March 2003



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