Mangoes and Bananas

Nathan Kumar Scott, T. Balaji This is a deft re-telling of one of the best-loved tales in Indonesian folklore, featuring Kanchil the mouse deer and his friend Monyet the monkey. The two grow some fruit trees, but when the fruit ripens, Kanchil wonders if he will get his share. Illustrated in the traditional Kalamkari style of textile art from India, the book is a tribute to an age-old relationship between two cultures –Indian and Indonesian – that traded fabric and exchanged stories.

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Weight430 g
Dimensions280 × 210 mm








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Artone Co. Ltd

Portuguese (Brazil)

Editora Comboio de Corda

White Ravens Catalogue of World’s Best Children's Books, 2007

Best Translation for Children, FNILIJ (Portuguese Edition), 2013

The Hindu

The text is simple, the art exquisite and both capture a tradition of story telling and a centuries-old textile form.


An art style that fuses decorative and narrative impulses ... a striking departure from most picture-book illustrations.


Nathan Kumar Scott

Author Nathan Kumar Scott, born and raised in India of American parents, has been bridging cultures all his life. He’s been a theatre director, designer, playwright, puppeteer and storyteller, and has performed across the US as well as in Ecuador, Mexico, India, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. He is the director of an educational foundation that introduces Indian culture to students from around the world. Click here to discover his other Tara Books.

T Balaji

T. Balaji

T. Balaji is a master craftsman in the traditional Kalamkari style of Indian textile painting. He holds a PhD in Physics, and works a(nother) day job as a scientist. Born into a weavers’ community, he is the first Kalamkari artist to illustrate narrative fiction. He also runs the Hasthakala Kendram foundation, which gives annual awards to traditional artists.