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...
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    Mar 14, 2018
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    Apr 10, 2018
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  • 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. ...
  • 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...
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    Apr 07, 2018
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  • 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...
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    Apr 02, 2018
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  • Edward Sullivan
    Jan 26, 2018
    A wonderful, fascinating story about an Indian folk artist and his remarkable creations using recycled materials. Lovely watercolor illustrations by Claire Nivola. ...
  • Megan
    Mar 10, 2018
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    Mar 26, 2018
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    Mar 27, 2018
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    Mar 27, 2018
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    Feb 28, 2018
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  • 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 ...
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    Mar 02, 2018
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  • 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...
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    Mar 11, 2018
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    Mar 23, 2018
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    Mar 15, 2018
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  • Katie Logonauts
    Feb 01, 2018
    This is a fascinating picture book biography of Indian folk artist Nek Chand. A great invitation to create! ...
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    Feb 14, 2018
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    Mar 26, 2018
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