Moyna lives in a little tribal village. She cannot go to school because she has to tend the goats, collect the firewood, fetch the water… But she is so full of questions that the postmaster calls her the ‘why-why girl’!
Mahasweta Devi is one of India’s foremost writers. In this delightful story, her first picture book, and the only children's book she has written in English, she tells us how she meets Moyna (and her mongoose!) and helps her find answers to all the why-whys – in books, that Moyna herself learns to read.
Some of the translations have been done by well-known writers: Malayalam by Paul Zacharia, Tamil by Ambai, and Kannada by Girish Karnad.
"The story lends itself to many layers of interpretation as all good works of art do. As you read the story, seemingly simple, you first realize the divide between urban life and life close to nature, the rich and the
-The Sunday Express, January 2004
"Mahasweta Devi's first picture book, in bold typeface and with brilliant illustrations, is packaged for children above six years. The delightful tale of an inquisitive tribal girl also touches on gender issues and empowerment."
-December 2003, India Today