Black Panther

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Black Panther

By : Geeta Parameswaran
Black Panther

Black Panther

Author:
Aravind Krish Bala
Illustrator:
Ashok Rajagopalan
Tulika Publishers, 
2011

Black Panther is the story of Veera and his son Kari waiting eagerly to see a black panther. One day Kari tells Veera that he had spotted a big black cat near a red silk cotton tree. Veera knows it is a black panther and they are successful in spotting the animal. Both father and son want to see the animal closely. They lie down still and pretend to be dead. The black panther comes close to Veera and starts licking him. Seeing this Kari shouts wildly. On hearing the noise the panther becomes confused and starts running towards the jungle. Veera and Kari are overwhelmed with joy. Black Panther, a slim book of 27 pages, leaves in the reader’s mind a sense of curiosity to watch animals without any fear.

The story and Ashok Rajagopalan’s illustrations bring to life a silent, secretive, shy creature. A Tulika publication for the age group of 6+ is a good read.