A Walk in the Wild
coughing noise. It was a langur warning the forest of Ranthambhore that the tiger was around.
Moments later, she stepped out – the tigress, a burnished gold and ebony, shining in the weak morning
sunlight. The forest erupted into sound and that’s when you realise, whether it’s the langur, the
spotted deer or the barking deer, the forest has its own warning system to alert the furred and
different alarm calls. Conservation writer Sejal Mehta wrote Watch Out! The Tiger is Here, for
Pratham Books, weaved sound with her words to recreate this wondrous moment. And
then environment cartoonist, Rohan Chakravarty of Green Humour, infused the words with his
fantabulous illustrations. The team chuckled and giggled as each illustration came in. (Don’t miss the
tiger’s expression at the very end of the first book.)
powerful visuals with sounds that would invite children to visit the Indian forest virtually. Watch Out!
is the first in the wildlife series – Did You Hear? is about birds and bird songs, Wild Cat! Wild Cat! is
about the different wild cats of India, and Who Ate All That Up? is about how the forest stays so
India. Pratham Books wanted something that children across the country could access in different
formats. Rohan Joshi added his voice to the project and our kickass translation team got to work,
getting these stories in Hindi, Marathi, Tamil and Kannada.
2,800 Schools/ Centres and teachers impacting over 56,000 children. You could read the books on
StoryWeaver, you could listen to them, and you could see them as audio-visualbooks. And now, you can read them in print.
We couldn’t help but beam as we saw her yelling “langur” and then cooing in delight as the tiger
came into focus. Our outreach team sent videos and photos – children coughing like the monkey and
growling like the tiger, drawing different kinds of birds, and laughing with the stories.