- Reading level: 5+ years
- Paperback: 40 pages
- Publisher: Puffin (15 April 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143447130
- ISBN-13: 978-0143447139
- Package Dimensions: 24.6 x 22.1 x 0.5 cm
- Customer Reviews:
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Jungle Radio: Bird Songs of India Paperback – 15 Apr 2019
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The sweetest way to present birds and nature to urban children . . . delightful and delicate (Dia Mirza)
Such a lovely, lovely, lovely way to introduce the next generation to the amazing variety of birds that inhabit India (Sanjeev Sanyal)
A beautifully illustrated book for very young birders (Hindustan Times)
Brings alive bird melodies in a fun and enjoyable manner (Deepak Dalal)
A wonderful and much-needed reminder to tune in to Nature-and listen to her beautiful birdsong (Nayanika Mahtani)
About the Author
Devangana Dash is a New Delhi-based designer, illustrator and book maker. When she's not designing books for a living, she reads, draws a little more and collects books for her dream library. For inspiration, she relies on nature (especially birds and sea turtles), picture books by her favourite artists and authors, different genres of music and a cup of chai.
She studied visual communication design at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology after completing a bachelor's degree in sociology from Lady Shri Ram College for Women. This is Devangana's debut picture book, and she has previously worked with clients like Child Rights and You, WWF India, the Wildlife Trust of India and the Centre of Environment Education. She has also illustrated Ayesha and the Firefish (published by Puffin Books in 2016). She can be found on devanganadash.com and on Instagram @devanganadash.
From the Publisher
The Jungle Radio: Bird Songs of India
When curious little Gul follows strange sounds coming from her radio set, she enters an Indian jungle and befriends some musicians.
On her jungle walk, she finds that some birds sing, simply because they want to! Just like the three whistling birds singing tunes of their choice, in their honey-coated voice!
Few little ones chirped chee-chee-cheerfully in their soft nasal voice 'chuck-chip-chuck-chreee'
And some like the Black Drongo who even mimic sounds they find around them. With a 'kee' here and a 'kaw' there, Gul discovers song everywhere!
A few like the lonely Kingfisher, singing away his blues with a 'chuck-chuck-chuckle'!
And there are others who chatter in noisy groups like the Jungle Babblers, flocked together on a giant tree.
Discover all this and more when you tune into this adventure where Gul spends a day in the musical land, listening to the world around her!
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🐦 The story is very simple and straightforward- no suspense and a feel good book.
🐦 I've become so much more knowledgeable after V, thanks to her books. I did not know the names of more than half the birds mentioned in the book, until I read it!
🐦 The whole book is written in beautiful rhyme and the bird calls are woven beautifully into the text making reading this book aloud such an enriching and fun experience 🐦 The sparkly illustrations stay with you for a long time after you've read it.
🐦 The index at the end of the book, that names all the birds mentioned, resources used to research makes one applaud the author's effort.
🐦 Lastly, V and I wondered why we dont hear these bird calls any more. All we know are the kaa-kaas.
Led us to an insightful conversation on depleting natural habitats and a promise to spot atleast one bird other than a crow on every walk.
Sadly kids nowadays are missing that,which in turn develops into being unsocial,no respect for nature or its bounty.But then there are creators like Devangana who can take something like bird watching and weave a wonderful narrative around it,full of vibrant drawings and hand drawn images of the Indian Bird Family.This book is not only engaging,but also gives the reader ample information about the winged members of the Indian Jungle turning it into a sweet soundig Radio show.Other than being a wonderful book,it is a fantastic gifting option,which will not only generate interest among the tiny readers,but also develop their curiosity for bird watching and nature in general.