The Great Race
The Great Race
The Great Race
The Great Race
The Great Race

The Great Race

Nathan Kumar Scott, Jagdish Chitara “I’m the fastest animal in the forest!” boasts Kanchil the mouse deer. “And I challenge any animal to race me!” Who will step forward to accept this challenge, and can Kanchil be beaten? Featuring a well-known Indonesian trickster tale, this book is illustrated using the fine Mata-Ni-Pachedi style of ritual textile painting from Gujarat. Jagdish Chitara reworks the simple yet dramatic palette of his tradition–black, white and red colours – to create a world of splendid beasts. This is the third story in our Kanchil series, which includes the much-loved Mangoes and Bananas and The Sacred Banana Leaf.

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Weight 400.0 g
Dimensions 280 × 210 mm








Age Group


Foreign Rights Sold


Simplified Chinese (Mainland China)

Youth Press Limited, China


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.

Jagdish Chitara

Jagdish Chitara

Jagdish Chitara is a skilled folk artist from Gujarat, western India, working in the Mata-Ni-Pachedi style of ritual textile painting. Belonging to a traditional and nomadic group of artists from the marginalised Vaghari community, he has been practising this ancestral craft for over 40 years. Jagdish now lives in Ahmedabad, where he strings up his textile art for sale on a pavement. Click here to discover his other Tara Books.


Nia Thandapani

Graphic designer Nia Thandapani is based in Bangalore. A graduate of Central St. Martins College of Art & Design, London, she’s spent the last nine years working across London, Sri Lanka and India. Alongside commissioned projects, Nia researches and documents lesser explored aspects of design and visual culture in India. Nia co-runs Carrom, a design and illustration studio. Click here to discover her other Tara Books.