Jungu, the Baiga Princess

Vithal Rajan

Jungu, the Baiga Princess

Vithal Rajan

Distributed for Zubaan Books

Illustrated by Srivi Kalyan
112 pages | 30 halftones | 5 x 8 | © 2014
Paper $12.00 ISBN: 9789383074051 Published August 2015 World sales rights except India
When Sunil is sent to stay with his Uncle Vish, he doesn’t know quite what to expect. All he knows is that he’s going a long way from the city to the jungles of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, where it’s Uncle Vish’s job to protect the area’s tigers. Sunil soon befriends a tribal girl named Jungu, and through their friendship is forced to ask some tough questions. Jungu’s village is in the forest, but if the tigers are allowed to stay, she will have to move out. But where to? And don’t the Baiga villagers have a right to live there? Meanwhile, there’s a very real and dangerous gang of poachers operating nearby.
Jungu, the Baiga Princess is a delightful tale of an unusual friendship that introduces readers to the magical world of the Baigas and reinforces the importance of protecting the natural environment. Vithal Rajan includes a compelling afterword that provides background on tribal rights and a brief history of the tribes of central India, the Forest Rights Act, and the dangers of development and deforestation. And the book is beautifully illustrated by naturalist Srivi Kalyan, whose drawings re-create Madhya Pradesh’s endangered ecosystem.
Contents
About the Book
Title Page
Copyright
Note to the Reader
Dedication
1. The Blue Silk Coverlet with Stars
2. Going to Baigaland
3. The Jungly Girl
4. The Bear Attack!
5. Jungu meets Uncle Vish
6. The Night Raid
7. Uncle Vish has a Change of Heart
An Afterword
Glossary of Gondi Words and Phrases
About the Author
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