Academic journal article Language Arts

The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art

Academic journal article Language Arts

The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art

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The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art Written by Barb Rosenstock Illustrated by Claire A. Nivola Candlewick, 2018, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-7636-7475-5

An entire village built of recycled materials, populated by figures from traditional tales, and hidden from view in a wild wooded area-it's hard to imagine anything more magical, but such a place exists! Barb Rosenstock, acclaimed author of multiple picturebook biographies, collaborates with Claire A. Nivola to bring readers the story of Nek Chand Saini (1924-2015) and his Rock Garden, located adjacent to the Indian city of Chandigarh. As the book opens, Nek is a child with a deep interest in stories. Rosenstock describes his interactions in his small rural village of Berian Kalan with his parents, siblings, and community members, all storytellers. "Season by season, Nek's head filled with stories, until it overflowed. …

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