“Remarkable. The sparse, simple story feels timeless and universal, and the illustrations are as important to telling the tale as is the text. This is a book to be lingered over and savored.” Debbie Stoller, BUST
‘I want to be brave, and different.’ Das’s memoir spills over the boundaries and scope of typical picture books, and her honesty and empathy are instantly palpable.” Publishers Weekly
” Das debuts with illustrations done in a distinctive Indian style paired to a brief meditative textpart memoir, part artist’s statement, part ruminationon women’s personal journeys.” Kirkus
On a train journey to a large city, a young woman notices a very poor girl. Who is she? Where is she going? What does her future hold? Hope Is a Girl Selling Fruit is a gentle, reflective account of a young woman’s thoughts and feelings as she comes into contact with the larger world. The rich imagery takes the story into another realm, inviting the reader to interpret it at many levels. Young Indian artist Amrita Das pushes the boundaries of her traditional art to radical new ends as she muses on women’s mobility, class, and choices.
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