With timeless art that swirls through the pages like a traditional Indian turban, The Clever Tailor by Srividhya Venkat and Nayantara Surendranath is a contemporary Indian take on a European folktale about the value of being resourceful and finding creative ways to minimize waste.
Accompanied by a glossary of Hindi words, this title is an ideal addition to multicultural book collections.
"The Clever Tailor makes use of sweet, smiling illustrations that draw our attention to the warmth at the heart of the story... a charming and heartfelt story, delivered in well-chosen words and lovely pictures." ~GoodBooks
The illustrations are bold and colorful and have a real movement to them which really gives the feeling of this single piece of fabric flowing through the family and creating a connection. Also, the back of the book explains some of the Indian terms and also a little information about how the people of India like to repurpose and pass on items to other generations (for example, a vintage sari becomes baby clothes for a grandchild). ~Youth Services Book Review
The bright, fully saturated illustrations, in jewel-like tones with heavy black outlines, are amusingly warmhearted. An endnote explains the "philosophy behind the practice of upcycling," a strategy used for both utilitarian and creative purposes. ~Melinda Greenblatt, freelance book reviewer
This is an excellent multicultural book with a message of upcycling and creativity that will inspire young readers to think twice before throwing something away. ~Children's Book and Media Review
- Neev Children's Book Award
- South Asia Book Award
- Peek-A-Book Children's Choice Award
- SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for the Middle East/India/Asia region