counting to tree

30 days of pbDay SeventeenOne, Two, Tree!

By Anushka Ravishankar and Sirish Rao

Illustrated by Durga Bai

Tara Books 2004

one two tree in tamil cover
cover in Tamil

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Durga Bai draws from the Gond tradition of painting to illustrate in bright and warm colors a tree increasingly crowded with creatures. Told in rhyme, One, Two, Tree! is a counting and vocabulary book with each count accompanying a playful sentence. There are great adjectives and verbs to try out. one two tree 7

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Most personal libraries have at least one or two books of this sort: who doesn’t have (or never had) Dr. Seuss’ counting books–raise your hands? Ravishankar’s book is charming, and beautiful way to diversify a child’s picture book collection.


Anushka Ravishankar a mathematics graduate, has made a name for herself internationally as an Indian children’s writer, with over 10 books of verse, fiction and non-fiction. Her special talent is in the area of nonsense verse, where she brilliantly adapts this difficult genre to Indian English usage, without a false note. Anushka Ravishankar can be said to have pioneered the Indian English nonsense verse form and brought it to international attention. She recently returned from a UK tour with Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen, at the Children’s Bookshow.

Sirish Rao is an exciting new voice in contemporary Indian writing. He has authored 16 books, ranging from novels to children’s books, re-tellings of myths, and collections of pop art. His writing reflects his interest in nature, mountaineering, travel, eccentric people and the oddities of language.

Durga Bai what makes her work interesting is her ability to be able to translate the oral history of her Gond tribe into images. She infills her forms with patterns of paddy seeds that adorn their tribal jewelry. She has illustrated two children’s books published by Tara publications called, ‘One Two Three‘ and Sultan Dreams. In 2004, Durga Bai was honoured by the Handicraft Development council.





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