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How the Firefly got its Light

Pradyumna Kumar
Contributions by Urvashi Butalia (Translation from Hindi)

Jugnu Rani, a tiny firefly, ponders over her insignificance and witnesses the gradual distancing between trees and humankind.

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Jugnu Rani, a tiny firefly, ponders over her insignificance and witnesses the gradual distancing between trees and humankind.
She observes the disciplined life of ants and the hard work of the bees, and feels that her existence is useless. But Suraj Dada, the Sun, reminds her that every creature has a place and purpose in the universe. One day, when the forest is in danger, Jugnu Rani discovers the light within her and finds her purpose. Soon no one is afraid of the dark anymore.

Rendered in the Mithila style of painting, this story is a charming introduction to human relationship with the environment.

Pradyumna Kumar is an artist, sculptor, and instructor of Madhubani art. He was awarded the prestigious Noma Concours Award for Picture Book Illustrations in 2006. These illustrations are drawn in the Mithila style of painting from northeastern India.

About the Translator
Urvashi Butalia, who has translated the book from Hindi, is a writer, feminist and historian. She is the publisher of Zubaan Books.

ISBN 9788189995348
Pages 36
Number of illustrations 40
Size 8.5 x 11" (216 x 280 mm), sc
Date of Publishing 2012 and Reprint 2016
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin
Rights Available World rights

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