The Patua Pinocchio

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This quintessentially Indian version of a much-loved children’s classic features art from the Patua scroll tradition of West Bengal, India. Carlo Collodi’s original Italian text centres on a marionette who escapes his wooden fate and has many adventures, including a stint at sea in the stomach of a shark. This Indian version is abridged from Carol Della Chiesa’s well-known English translation, and illustrated by award-winning scroll painting artist Swarna Chitrakar.

Author & Illustrator

Carlo Collodi
Born Carlo Lorenzini, this 19th century Italian children’s author was best-known by his pen name Carlo Collodi, under which he wrote the world-famous title The Adventures of Pinocchio. It was originally published on a weekly basis in the children’s newspaper Il Giornale per i Bambini. Carlo passed away before Pinocchio became well-known outside of Italy.

Swarna Chitrakar
Hailing from West Bengal in India, Swarna was trained in the traditional Patua form of folk art by her father and uncle. Despite marrying into a family that disapproved of women painting, Swarna – with support from her husband – went on to become an extremely successful artist.

Pages: 192
Binding: Hardcover
Printing: Offset-printed
Age Group: 12+