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The Flute Library Binding – March 1, 2012


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"This beautifully written and illustrated story is reminiscent of a folkloric tale, sweeping us away in the pains, struggles and the hopes of Chandra's young life in an exotic land. Each page we turn we want to learn more about her, to the point of wanting to pluck her out of the book to help her...Rachna Gilmore's enchanting story of hope and Pulak Biswas' simple east Asian rural scenes flow with depth and grace just was the waters of the river in its calm spring stream. The graceful language is complimented in charcoal and ink textured monochromatic illustrations with hints of primary hues...This inspiring book is sure to be a permanent fixture in any library and one to hand down from generation to generation." (Resource Links 2011-10-01)

"Pulak Biswas, one of India's most distinguished illustrators, displays his gifts in the striking woodblock prints coloured in red, blue, black and the occasional burst of sunny yellow, that both complement and enhance Rachna Gilmore's beautifully cadenced prose...[An] emotionally powerful tale...delivering a satisfying and happy resolution." (The Globe and Mail 2011-11-18)

"Chandra is a strong yet realistically vulnerable figure who withstands adversity without appearing too saintly, while the magic that saves her offers some compensation for the misfortune she has suffered." (Publishers Weekly 2012-01-02)

"The dramatic illustrations create a strong, rural south Indian setting, with their quick black lines, almost-solid black bodies and bold use of red and blue, with just a hint of yellow for the moon." (Kirkus Reviews 2012-01-15)

"Full of hope springing from adversity, this is a touching story elegantly told, whose mood is captured in beautifully evocative illustrations." (Julia Eccleshare www.lovereading4kids.co.uk 2012-01-29)

"Ornamented and further interpreted with stunning black and white paintings with vivid splashes of red for Chandra's dress, blue for the river, and yellow for the overlooking moon. This author/illustrator team is first class and deserves further high awards for artistry, authenticity and design." (Midwest Book Review 2012-02-02)

"The story reads like a folktale, and the striking, somewhat stylized artwork fits that tone. Despite its magical elements, this is really a story of hope and resilience in the face of hardship and loss." (School Library Journal 2012-05-01)

About the Author

Rachna Gilmore is a Governor General's award-winning Canadian author of numerous children's picture books and novels. Her books have received multiple honours and awards and have been translated into several languages. She currently lives in Ottawa.


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