The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art

The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art

The incredible story of the world's largest visionary environment: the Rock Garden of Chandigarh, kept secret by outsider artist Nek Chand for fifteen years. After the partition of India in 1947, Nek Chand Saini settled in the city of Chandigarh, with nothing but stories brought from his homeland. Dismayed at his stark new surroundings, Nek began collecting river rocks, bro The incredible story of the world's largest visionary environment: the Rock Garden of Chandigarh, kept secret by outs...

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Title:The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art
Author:Barb Rosenstock
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:0763674753
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:48 pages pages

The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art Reviews

  • Mary Lee
    Feb 11, 2018
    Pair this book with OUTSIDE IN by Jennifer Bradbury. Nek Chand is the historical character who saves the life of the fictional homeless boy in OUTSIDE IN. Also perfect to show how the experiences of someone's childhood can turn into their lifelong passions. ...
  • Kathy
    Feb 23, 2018
    Some people are driven to make art, with no expectations for sale or fame. I had heard of the Watts Towers in LA (https://www.wattstowers.org/about-us) and the bottle houses of Grandma Prisbrey (https://speakzeasy.wordpress.com/2015...) , but not Nek Chand of India who created a simila...
  • Rachel
    Jul 11, 2018
    A rich biography of a unique artist uses illustrations and then has a full page fold out of photographs which is very effective. ...
  • Bill
    Jan 31, 2018
    Fascinating man and story. But not particularly well-written. Illustrations more noteworthy. ...
  • Desiree Sotomayor
    Mar 12, 2018
    Probably one of the best NFs I've looked at so far. ...
  • Kermit
    Mar 18, 2018
    4.3 stars So interesting! I had to do some additional research on this amazing man and the "secret kingdom" that he created in India. ...
  • Jen
    Jul 12, 2018
    Inspiring. Stunning. Wow! ...
  • Tami
    May 04, 2018
    True story - Even in war and displacement one can build, create and love the beauty of not only what grows but to create from discards, art. Art can be a remembrance of the things we love. I love the dedication of Nek Chand and what he has created in a part of the world where war is st...
  • Arminzerella
    Apr 10, 2018
    Nek Chand grew up in the Punjab and absorbed the stories and culture of his village and people. He became a farmer, but had to leave his home when the area was split into two countries ? India and Pakistan. His farm was now in Pakistan and his people/religion ? Hindu ? were no lo...
  • Arleigh
    Jan 11, 2018
    This story follows a boy named Nek Chand as he grows up in the village of Barian Kalan in the Punjab region of what is now Pakistan. He had an ideal childhood, learning his people?s history and legends through the work and festivities of every season. When the Hindu people were expel...
  • Liesl
    Jun 22, 2018
    I love sharing stories like this with my son about real people who do something seemingly small and personal that ends up making a huge impact on society. ...
  • Jazz
    May 01, 2018
    Beautiful book about storytelling, art, and disobedience in the face of injustice. ...
  • Sunday Cummins
    Feb 10, 2018
    The kind of book you'll want to use with students--of all ages. Read this aloud to students, letting them savor the author Rosenstock's language--"Nek played and planted, laughed and listened, as the ancient stories circled with seasons, beginning to end and back again." Share with sma...
  • Cheriee Weichel
    Aug 15, 2018
    I haven't yet met a Barb Rosenstock book I haven't loved. This might be the best one yet. It tells the story of Nek Chand, folk artist extraordinaire, who created a hidden world that reflected the multiple stories of the town he grew up in. Claire A. Nivola's illustrations are stunni...
  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    May 14, 2018
    Nek Chand loved living in his village of Berian Kalan in the Punjab region of India before the Partition of 1947. He especially loved listening to the ancient stories that were always being told there by the whole community. As a child, Nek began to build a world of his own based on th...
  • Jodi
    Jun 08, 2018
    Fascinating story & artwork! ...
  • Margie
    May 06, 2018
    If there is ever any doubt in your mind about one person's ability to effect change in the lives of many, all you need to do is read a picture book biography. Authors writing picture book biographies and illustrators creating the artwork for these volumes, immerse themselves in a parti...
  • Sue Poduska
    Aug 23, 2018
    The author paints a fascinating picture of the life that Nek lived. The reader is transported to a world unlike the one they live in. Beautiful and detailed illustrations show both the familiar and unfamiliar. The villagers dress differently from Westerners, but the trash they collect ...
  • Pam
    Feb 22, 2018
    Biography of Nek Chand Saini and the Secret Kingdom he created. Tells his story from childhood through fleeing to India and then the years creating this artwork. Beautiful illustrations support the text. Biographic info at the end following the story. Fold out pages with actual pho...
  • Julie
    Mar 11, 2018
    Fascinating story about a man who built an outdoor art center in India. ...
  • Jacqui
    Feb 21, 2018
    3.5 ...
  • Diana Thomsen
    Aug 21, 2018
    Unique story about a person of which I'd never heard. Love that he turned junk into art, and seeing the actual photographs of his work was a treat. Gotta say, though, that I'm not a huge fan of breaking laws. Even to create art. I think it given a bad message to say that he built all t...
  • Carrie Gelson
    Jul 05, 2018
    Incredible story - amazing illustrations. Students will be fascinated with this one. ...
  • Lesley Burnap
    Aug 01, 2018
    A beautiful story of Nek Chand, who stored away trash & other unwanted items to create one of the most unusual, most stunning art installations. The stories that delighted & entertained Nek as a child are represented in his art. What makes this such an fascinating read is that ...
  • Aliza Werner
    Mar 10, 2018
    An artist creating out of nature, recyclables, and trash. Pair with IN MARY'S GARDEN by Tina and Carson Kugler. ...
  • Stephanie Tournas
    Mar 19, 2018
    This lovely picture book biography brings to light a little known (in the U.S., at least) artist from India, Nek Chand. I loved reading about this creative, resourceful and thoughtful "outside" artist. As an imaginative child growing up in a small village, he was mesmerized by folk ta...
  • Joan Marie
    Apr 28, 2018
    I love the way this nonfiction is written. It's really a lyrical, narrative biography about a self-taught artist, Nek Chand who brought beauty to an otherwise colorless, barren world for those displaced from their homes. Illustrations add to the delight. Here's an example of the lyr...
  • Tracy Holland
    Jul 29, 2018
    Nek Chand collects discarded items to build his hidden world in India. Biographical book about a man determined to preserve his history and treasures of his country that he loves, India. ...
  • Katie Logonauts
    Feb 01, 2018
    This is a fascinating picture book biography of Indian folk artist Nek Chand. A great invitation to create! ...
  • RLL220_Amanda Alvarado
    May 13, 2018
    The Secret Kingdom is about Nek Chand Saini who lived in a tiny village of Berian Kalan. Nek spent his childhood listing to ancient stories that he loved. His village was perfect until The Punjab split into two countries Pakistan and India. Nek found acres of jungle and started buildin...