Childrenís Literature:

Children's classics in Indian languages translated into English for the first time, modern fairytales in Bengali and writing by children.

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Thema Books - Khokagheu Khukumyaon Khokagheu Khukumyaon
[Animal Stories for young readers] Nandita Basu
19 x 18 cm. 48 pp. Pb. Bengali ISBN 978-93-81703-22-9 Rs. 70
Stories for children, set in the lanes and byelanes of the busting city of Kolkata, with dogs and cats and birds and rats caught in a whirl of adventures. Illustrated by Amritah Sen, a major young painter.
Shuni Dekhi Podi Likhi [Letís hear, Letís Watch, Letís read, Letís write Ė in Bengali]
Subhas Mukhopadhyay
Thema Books - Shuni Dekhi Podi Likhi  - Subhas Mukhopadhyay
Pb. 18 x 23.5 cm. ii+106 pp. Rs. 250.
ISBN 978-81-86017-74-6

A major Bengali poet offers a first text for learning Bengali, illustrated with photographs in colour, provided by photographers associated with Drik India.

Thema Books - Raja - Mahasweta Devi Raja
Mahasweta Devi
First Edition 2008. Cover and Illustrations by Judhajit Sengupta. Hb. 18 x 18.5 cm. 108 pp. Rs 75
ISBN 978-81-86017-60-9
Mahasweta Devi recreates eighteenth century Bengal, against the background of the Sannyasi Revolt, and a modern day Robin Hood leading a popular uprising against feudal overlords.
Chhotoder Sachitra Krittibas
Kalyani Dutta
Thema Books - Chhotoder Sachitra Krittibas - KALYANI DUTTA
Pb. 18.4 x 23.7 cm. 26 pp.
Illustrated by ZAINUL ABEDIN, 26 pp. Pb.
ISBN 81-86017-60-7. Rs 75.

The Bengali Ramayana by Krittibas, abridged and edited for young readers by the author of Thod Bodi Khada.

Thema Books -Bhalo Rakkhaser Boi - Jaya Mitra Bhalo Rakkhaser Boi
Jaya Mitra
Cover design and illustrations by Shibaji Basu.
16 x 17.5 cm. 130 pp. 2003. Pb. Bengali.
ISBN 81-86017-44-5. Rs 70.
A collection of modern fairy tales touching on themes like ecology, social justice, popular initiative and gender, by a major activist, poet and novelist.
Rupuli Beter Jhanpi
Jaya Mitra
Thema Books - Rupuli Beter Jhanpi - Jaya Mitra
Year 2012
Cover design and illustrations by Shibaji Basu.
17 x 17.5 cm. 98 pp. 2000. Pb. Bengali.
ISBN 978-93-81703-06-9. Rs 75.

A collection of modern fairy tales touching on themes like ecology, social justice, popular initiative and gender, by a major activist, poet and novelist.

Thema Books -Dariyalal - Gunvantrai Acharya Dariyalal
Gunvantrai Acharya
Translated by Kamal Sanyal
Introduced by Samik Bandyopadhyay
Cover design and illustrations by Gautam Chattopadhyay.
21 x 24 cm. 144 pp. 2000. Pb. English.
ISBN 81-86017-20-8. Rs 100.
Translation from Gujarati of a story of sea voyagers,
traders, pirates, and their adventures in strange lands, centring around a slave driver who has a change of heart and takes it upon himself to free the African slaves labouring in a Gujarati settlement in Zanzibar.
Dia's Scrapbook
Deepika Dutta
Thema Books - Dia's Scrapbook - Deepika Dutta
20.5 x 27 cm. 32 pp. Pb. English and Bengali.
ISBN 81-86017-37-2. Rs 75..

The private world of Dia who died prematurely at the age of eight, her imagination and steps towards learning, captured in her poems, prose pieces and drawings in colour. Posthumously published.

Thema Books - Majantali & Co.- Upendrakisor Raychaudhuri Majantali & Co.
Upendrakisor Raychaudhuri
Translated by Maduchhanda Karlekar
Cover design by Gautam Chattopadhyay.
Illustrations by Upendrakisor Raychaudhuri.
19 x 22.5 cm. 32 pp. 1997. Pb. English.
ISBN 81-86017-09-7. Rs 30.
Animal stories for children by the founder-editor of
Sandesh and the creator of the ever popular characters Goopy Gyne and Bagha Byne, immortalized in his film by the author's grandson, Satyajit Ray.
Lal Kalo (The Red and the Black)
Girindrasekhar Bose
Translated by Madhuchhanda Karlekar and Sunandini Banerjee
Thema Books - Lal Kalo (The Red and the Black) - Girindrasekhar Bose
Cover and illustrations by Amritah Sen.
18 x 18.5 cm. 68 pp. 2000. Pb. English.
ISBN 81-86017-21-6. Rs 40.

A witty and enjoyable story of the world of red ants and black ants by a major psychoanalyst who loved writing for children.

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