Worth 1,000 Words

The Fox and the Crow

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Show me an image of a book cover like this, and watch me dive right in!

    • Targeted Audience: Preschool and Lower Elementary, (Ages 4 -8)
    • Genre: Fiction, Picture Book
    • Author: Manasi Subramaniam
    • Illustrator: Culpeo S. Fox
    • Publisher: Karadi Tales
    • Publication Date: March 18, 2014
    • Binding: Hard Cover (I reviewed a PDF)
    • Dimensions: 10.9″ X 6.4″″
    • Printing: Full Color with Illustrations
    • Length:28 Pages
    • Retail: $17.95
    • ISBN:978-8181903037

An Aesop’s Fable Brought to Life by Imagery

FoxAndTheCrow1The Fox and the Crow is based upon a simple fable about two clever animals that both want the very same thing – a loaf of fresh, warm bread from the local bakery. But who is the most cunning of the two?

This short fable offers a tall message that one must always be on guard and not count one’s chickens before they hatch. There is an air of mystery and darkness in the story that is a bit eerie, and author Manasi Subramaniam finds a way to use scant poetic prose to give the story a dreamy like quality.

Illustrator Culepo S. Foc uses her extraordinary artistic talents to make this story larger than life. Her illustrations are so spectacular that they are able to tell the story on their own, proving it’s true indeed that a picture is worth 1,000 words. You simply cannot rush through this picture book. No, you must spend time on every page just admiring the brush strokes and studying the facial expressions of the animals.  Her artwork rates among the top picture books I’ve reviewed. These are the kind of illustrations that inspire a child to get out a box of crayons and start illustrating a story of his or her own or cause an adult like me to dream about having this level of artistic genius.

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About the Author

Manasi Subramaniam

Manasi Subramaniam is a writer based in Chennai, India and is an editor at Karadi Tales. She has an MA in Literature and is a former recipient of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association short fiction prize for Asia and was part of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair Invitation Programme. In addition to The Fox and the Crow, she has written Dancing Bear and The Story and the Song.

About the Illustrator

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Culepo S. Fox is an  illustrator and artist from Germany who started drawing at a very early age. She always loved drawing foxes, though she also draws many other wildlife subjects and landscapes. Her impressive work includes pencils, charcoal, colored pencils, watercolours, pastels, oil and acrylics, ballpen, ink and coffee as well as digital media.

Note: This book will not be available until March, 2014.

If you like this book, check out these other Karadi Tale titles as well: The Bookworm and Whose Lovely Child Can You Be?

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