Artists and storytellers come collectively for a kids’s e book on endangered animals
Round 5,000 kids residing near the Western Ghats in Karnataka have a brand new e book to learn and study from. The image-story e book Will You Play With Me? that includes endangered wild animals of the Western Ghats has been created solely to distribute amongst kids of the area to create understanding and empathy in the direction of animals.
The bilingual e book (in Kannada and English) got here collectively when Krithi Okay Karanth, chief conservation scientist and director of the Centre for Wildlife Research, and Raghava KK, an artist, obtained grants from Nationwide Geographic to create a e book on the endangered wildlife species within the Western Ghats. They collaborated with Kokaachi, an unbiased storytelling studio based mostly in Kochi, to carry out the e book.
The interactive e book accommodates pull-out masks of lion-tailed macaque, elephant, and tiger, says Tina Thomas, co-founder of Kokaachi. Different animals featured within the e book are dholes, gliding frogs, langurs, gaur and hornbills.
The story by Netra Srikanth was tailored by Tina, which was then translated to Kannada by Okay Ullas Karanth, a conservation zoologist. The animals are illustrated by Raghava and the surroundings, typography and publication design are by illustrator Prabha Mallya.
The e book is formed like an accordion, which can make it fascinating to the scholars, observes Tina. “We designed the e book as a twin narrative to make it participating for the kids. Within the first story line, the masks stay contained in the e book, however when the kids pull the masks out, a second story is revealed. The masks allow the kids to tackle the persona of the animals, and thus turn into part of their world,” says Tina.
“Although the kids reside near the Western Ghats, not many are conscious of species endemic to the area. The e book would pique their curiosity in them,” says Tina. The primary version, printed by Kokaachi, was distributed by the Centre for Wildlife Research without spending a dime. .
The second version has gone to print. The creators plan on together with different languages comparable to Malayalam, Tamil and Marathi to profit extra kids.