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Author: Viswanath, Shobha
Juno the jackal is suddenly treated like a king after he inadvertently dyes his fur blue.
Kirkus Reviews (-) (03/01/16)
School Library Journal (05/01/16)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 05/01/2016 Gr 2–5—This is a strong retelling of one of the tales from the Panchatantra, a third-century BCE text of Indian literature. This retelling from Sanskrit flows well and begs to be read aloud. It tells the tale of a bullied runt jackal who is accidentally dyed indigo and is subsequently mistaken for a king. He betrays himself by howling along with the other jackals. The rain washes away his indigo fur, but he retains the memory of having once been a king. The story would be interesting as a group presentation and could lead to discussions regarding identity. The illustrations, which are the true standout here, will not work well in a large group, because of their intricate detail. They are done in the style of the Warli tribe of East India—white paintings done in rice flour on a dark background. They will intrigue children who have an eye for such things. - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.