Why The Elephant Has Tiny Eyes

Told in verse, this folktale from the Tai Phake people of India’s northeast tells why the elephant has tiny eyes.  The first elephant (chaang) had large eyes. Along came a wagtail bird that made the elephant laugh so hard that his eyes crinkled small.  An unusually limited palette recreates the region’s landscape. mjw
Title: Why The Elephant Has Tiny Eyes
Author: Pow Aim Hailowng
Illustrator
: Priya Kuriyan
Publisher
: Tulika Publishers.  Chennai, India
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-93-86667-71-7
Paperback pages
: 26
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture book, Folktale
Book setting
: India, Tai Phake people of northeast India
Author’s ethnicity
: Tai Phake Indian
Author’s residence
: India
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Indian
Illustrator’s residence
: Kochi, India
Subjects
: Birds, Bridges, Elephants, Fables, Myths

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