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The Song at the Heart of the River, 2020


The Song at the Heart of the River is a picture book that explores story telling to explain concepts from the ancient Indian sciences of Ayurveda and Vedanta.

The pages of the book are designed to mirror each other. Albeit in different seasons, the reasoning behind this was that parents and children could unravel the concepts through these visual clues itself.



A special visual language was also developed to celebrate certain key moments in the book and all the colours were chosen to flow into the title as well to keep the entire look fresh and homogenous.


While the book itself has just one two characters that were mentioned in the manuscript, a community grew organically in the illustration process and you will notice them popping up all along the book. 


One of the main and not subsidiary elements of the book were the activity and concept pages. These have been specially designed for easy reading. In spite of the heavy text they have been planned so that they mimic the visual language of the rest of the book while still appearing different.


Published by Harper Collins Children’s Books, 2020. 
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