ABOUT THE BOOKWould you like to swing like a monkey, gallop like a horse, or leap like a frog? This children’s book in verse by Daya Subramanian introduces different movements of animals, while the illustrations in Indian folk art style by Anusha Sundar bring the birds and animals to life.
- A colourful picture book that introduces young readers to different animals and birds and their physical movements. Every page highlights the movement word associated with the creature being described in it, like “glide”, “leap”, “slither” and so on.
- Author Daya Subramanian’s descriptions of animals, birds and their surroundings are also peppered with a few tough words like “tranquil,” “sturdy,” and “magnificent,” which should challenge young readers to pick up their meanings and pronunciations.
- Subramanian uses a rhyme effectively, making the brief lines of text easy and fun to say and remember.
- Anusha Sundar’s folk art illustrations are vivid and charming. Their clear lines and bold colours are beautiful to look at and do a great job of foregrounding the animal or bird featured on each page.
- However, some of the illustrations are confusing, and portray wild animals in their domestic avatars. For instance, in one panel, a wild elephant is represented with a saddle and heavy ornamentation.
- While the illustrations are visually pleasing, they are also quite static, since folk art is usually two-dimensional. Hence, they don’t quite capture the sense of movement being referred to in the text. A galloping horse, a charging bull, and an ambling elephant are all represented standing on the pages in an almost identical position.