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Marcia Brown illustrates an impactful adaptation of a folk tale about resilience and survival told through the rise of a bright blue jackal as he becomes king of the jungle.

Hungry and lost, a poor jackal journeys into a village only to be chased out of it by a pack of vicious dogs. Trying to escape the threat, the jackal jumps into a pool of indigo dye and emerges with a coat of bright blue fur.

When he returns to the forest with his new, extraordinary color, the timid jackal is now the king of the forest. With expressive and decorative illustrations, Marcia Brown is able to “magnify the impact” of this classic Indian folklore (Kirkus Reviews).

About The Author

Marcia Brown (1918–2015), one of the most honored illustrators in children’s literature, was a three-time Caldecott Medalist and six-time Caldecott Honor illustrator, as well as winner of the Children’s Literature Legacy Award (formerly known as the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award) for the body of her work. She lived in Laguna Hills, California.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 16, 2018)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534441200
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8

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