Maya, by Mahak Jain and illustrated by Elly Mackay, is a stunningly gorgeous picture book. The framing story is of a little girl in India. One night in the blackout ,Maya cannot sleep. She remembers her father, who has died. To comfort her, her mother tells the story of the banyan tree. But there’s another layer–though they’re in the city, Maya imagines, the jungle: the tiger, elephants, monkeys and peacocks, brought to life by Elly Mackay’s exquisite paper-theatre illustrations. Here’s an insight into the process behind the making of the book:


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