The Patua Pinocchio
Carlo Collodi
Swarna Chitrakar
age group: 
9+ yrs
Number of pages: 
Tara Books
puppet folk art childhood

An ageless story with a new twist! The story of Pinocchio has universal appeal as it is akin to that of many a child. He is irrepressible, mischievous, errant, a trouble-seeker and yet totally lovable!

Pinocchio, was lovingly created from a piece of wood by Gepetto, his father. However, like most kids he definitely had a mind of his own and was determined to experience the world on his own terms. He gets into all kinds of scrapes and trouble. After countless adventures and mis-adventures, including being swallowed by a whale, he finally finds his way back home, and is rewarded by being transformed into a real boy, with real emotions and feelings. 

This all-time favourite story of Pinocchio has been given a totally new avatar with the illustrations done in the Patua folk style of West Bengal that lends a mesmerizing quality to this classic tale.The Patuas are folk artists and story-tellers who visited villages and went from house to house with their bag of scrolls painted on pieces of cloth, that they unrolled as they narrated the stories.  
This book is a great way to introduce children to the folk arts of India; rich and vibrant art forms that have been lovingly sustained by artists for centuries and are now under threat for lack of patronage.  
Reviewed by Shamim Padamsee