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I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail [Hardcover]

Ramsingh Urveti

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Book Description

May 15 2012
In this pioneering visual exploration of a 17th century English poem, Indian tribal artist Ramsingh Urveti and book designer Jonathan Yamakami use art and design in the service of language. Working together, revealing and concealing, they brilliantly mirror the shifting ways in which poetry creates meaning.
A 'New York Times' "Favorite Book Cover Design 2012" Pick

"Delightfully illustrated" - 'The New York Times'

"In this visual stunner...the literal setting of the words is as key to the volume's success as are its text and illustrations... Indian folk art triumphantly meets 17th-century English trick verse in this sophisticated graphic venture fit for middle graders on up." - Starred, 'Kirkus Reviews'

"A stunning reminder of why people keep making real-live books... Visually delicious and beautifully made. . . a testament to the vitality of two art forms that just won't answer to their death knells: poetry and the book." - NPR Summer Reads Pick

This 17th century British poem is a form of trick verse. Here, the very design of the book brings clarity to the verse, as whimsical die-cuts in each page reveal the poem's nuanced meaning. Read straightforwardly, the poem sounds interestingly surreal. But if the lines are broken up in the middle, then everything falls into place. Illustrations by award-winning Gond artist Ramsingh Urveti (of 'The Night Life of Trees' ), book design by Jonathan Yamakami.

US Grade Level Equivalent: 2
US Guided Reading Level: K

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Tara Books (May 15 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9380340141
  • ISBN-13: 978-9380340142
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.9 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #144,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Illustrator Ramsingh Urveti belongs to the Gond tribe of artists from Madhya Pradesh in central India. A winner of national and international awards, Ramsingh's art is intense and poetic. He contributed to Tara's highly acclaimed "The Night Life of Trees," and this is his first book as a solo artist.

Jonathan Yamakami is a young graphic designer hailing from São Paulo, Brazil. He is particularly interested in exploring new ways of presenting and conceiving of the book, and has worked with Tara on a number of seminal projects.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Beautiful May 25 2012
By blink - Published on Amazon.com
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Saw a few pictures of this posted somewhere and bought it from amazon later. It's very clever how the story changes from page to page. It's a bit like one of those images that keeps magnifying and magnifying, showing you more and more as you look at it. The illustrations are beautiful and understated. Well worth the price I paid for it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Oct. 18 2012
By Angela Alvarez Velez - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book to be enjoyed rather than read. Beautiful artwork, intricate designes and clever layout give the text a whole new dimension.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind Aug. 2 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I was not previously familiar with the artist or the poem. I am happy to be now.

On its own, the trick-poem is amusing but wouldn't have caught (or held) my attention otherwise. When paired with Urveti's artwork, the poem almost literally transforms into something more elegant.

I read many excited previews followed by rave reviews of this product before purchasing it. I can safely say it lived up to my expectations.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Dec 7 2013
By Anie Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Tara books are making such marvellous books!
The feel of the hand crafting, the unique imaginations, the sheer pleasure
of reading, looking at, touching..
Ram Singh Urveti was also one of the artists in their 'The Night Life of Trees',
which is truly stunning.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiery Peacocks and Little Girls Sept. 26 2013
By S. Gemmill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book in June for my oldest granddaughter's 6th birthday and it was an instant hit. Her 4 year-old sister was fascinated with it as well. The 6 year-old was intrigued by the various ways it could be read and, being quite artistic, values the detail of the illustrations. I'm told both girls continue to ask for it every evening before bed. The book is a beautiful read: the layout is unique and gorgeous to look at, and the poem/tale holds the girls' interest which leads to the most imaginative conversations! Kudos to the 17th century author and to both the 21st century illustrator and book designer.

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