Ideal Boy, An: Charts from India

Cheap visual charts were the main educational aid in Indian classrooms until recently. Meant to teach children good behavior, and to assist their reading skills, these inexpensive posters were plastered everywhere by local printers. They have a naive art aesthetic since the artists were unschooled themselves. Generally the charts follow a formula of filing in a grid with examples. Like comic books, their garish colors and simple forms have their own innocent charm. This book rounds up a hundred samples of what is now a rare folk art.

Ideal Boy, An: Charts from India
by Sirish Rao, V. Geetha, Gita Wolf (Editors)
Dewi Lewis Publishing
2001, 120 pages, 6.9 x 1.0 x 9.4 inches, Hardcover
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  1. The Bad Habits sample reminded me of Goofus and Gallant for some reason.

  2. hecep says:

    "Animals & Their Eatables"

    I love that title.

  3. ugh says:

    This encourages snitching on the ideologically “lost”; it also normalizes martial law.

  4. So the donkey's natural "eatable" is homework?

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