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Excuse Me, Is This India?

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My Aunt Anna came back from India
With stories of places to which she had been.

To warm me through winter she sewed me a quilt
With pictures of all the things she had seen.

Under the quilt I closed my eyes
And I found I was in for a big surprise...


This absurd and fantastic story of travel through a child's imagination is illustrated with exquisite art. Put together with fabric
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Published November 19th 2001 by Spinifex Press
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Bobby
Dec 18, 2011 Bobby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The story of a child who dreams about turning into a blue mouse and taking a trip to India (inspired by a quilt made for him by his aunt who had been to India). Along the way, the blue mouse meets a cow, an elephant, bandicoots (mole rats), and some people. The story itself is told through mostly rhyming verse and is cute enough. However, the real strength of the book is in its illustrations...all of which are in the style of cloth patchwork (like one would find on a quilt) and look great. Kudos ...more
Moushumi Ghosh
Apr 19, 2015 Moushumi Ghosh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a delightful read! Besides it reminded me of Maurice Sendak's 'Where the wild things are' even though Ravishankar's book is for slightly older children. The rhyme was the most outstanding feature of the book. It's got a resonance that continues even after the book is over. Reading Anushka Ravishankar is always a treat and this book is - I am very happy to say - no exception.
Elizabeth
I liked the textile (quilt) style of illustration.

I didn't really love the text that refused to answer where the protagonist was -- but that kind of sing-song may be appealing to many kids.

I was expecting the book to be much more explicit about depicting that India is not a monolith, and the book is short enough that we only get a few glimpses of India which was disappointing to me.
India Davies
Jul 16, 2016 India Davies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute little read
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