Summer Reading Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | July 22, 2014

Nick Harkaway: IMG The Florist-Assassins



The three men lit up in my mind's eye, with footnotes. They were converging on me — and on the object I was carrying — in a way that had... Continue »
  1. $18.87 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    Tigerman

    Nick Harkaway 9780385352413

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$12.50
List price: $17.99
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Children's Folk Tales- Asian and Pacific
1 Local Warehouse Children's Folk Tales- Asian and Pacific

More copies of this ISBN

Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale

by

Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Once upon a time, in a little village in India, there lived an old woman. Everyone in the village called her Grandma. One day, Grandma received a letter from her daughter, who lived on the other side of the jungle. "Please come and visit me," said the letter. "I haven't seen you in so long. I miss you."

And so, Grandma begins a perilous journey to the far side of the jungle.  Can she use her keen wit to escape the jungle animals and make it safely home?

Chitra Divakaruni's sharp, rhythmic retelling of this Bengali folktale is complimented perfectly by Susy Pilgrim Waters's brightly colored, captivating illustrations.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013

Review:

"Little Red Riding Hood has only a wolf to contend with, but Grandma lives in India, where the forest hides a fox, a bear, and a tiger. Grandma talks the three predators out of eating her during her first trip ('I'll be a lot fatter on my way back from my daughter's house because she's such a good cook'), but she has to innovate on her way back. Grandma rolls herself home in a giant gourd, singing cheerfully, until she meets the attentive fox: 'One hundred and one times I've sneaked into villages to steal chickens, but I've never seen a singing gourd!' he exclaims. Although Divakaruni's (The Conch Bearer) retelling starts slow, it soon gathers momentum. Like '50s textile patterns, debut illustrator Waters's silkscreenlike spreads render Grandma and the jungle creatures as two-dimensional cutouts; bold, stylized silhouettes of plant and tree motifs play off one another like dense jungle shadows. Grandma's witty resourcefulness and the opportunity to compare cross-cultural story traditions make this a useful resource and a good readaloud. Ages 5 — 8. Author's agent: Sandra Dijkstra, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Lilla Rogers Studio." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Chitra Divakaruni's first book in the Brotherhood of the Conch series, The Conch Bearer, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and a Booklist Editors' Choice. She currently lives in Texas.

Susy Pilgrim Waters is an illustrator, designer, and painter. Susy lives in Boston with her husband, Keith, their dog, Tillie, two cats, and two bunnies. They have two grown children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781596433786
Author:
Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee
Publisher:
Roaring Brook Press
Author:
Pilgrim Waters, Susy
Author:
Pilgrim WatersSusy
Subject:
Animals - Lions Tigers Leopards etc.
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - General
Subject:
People & Places - Other
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Subject:
People & Places - Asia
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Picture Book
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 1 up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations throughout
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
9 x 9 in
Age Level:
from 5 up to 8

Other books you might like

  1. Nino Wrestles the World New Trade Paper $7.99
  2. Africa Is My Home: A Child of the... Used Hardcover $11.95

Related Subjects

Children's » Folk Tales » Asian and Pacific
Children's » General
Children's » Picture Books » Folktales » Asian
Humanities » Mythology » Folklore and Storytelling

Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$12.50 In Stock
Product details 32 pages Roaring Brook Press - English 9781596433786 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Little Red Riding Hood has only a wolf to contend with, but Grandma lives in India, where the forest hides a fox, a bear, and a tiger. Grandma talks the three predators out of eating her during her first trip ('I'll be a lot fatter on my way back from my daughter's house because she's such a good cook'), but she has to innovate on her way back. Grandma rolls herself home in a giant gourd, singing cheerfully, until she meets the attentive fox: 'One hundred and one times I've sneaked into villages to steal chickens, but I've never seen a singing gourd!' he exclaims. Although Divakaruni's (The Conch Bearer) retelling starts slow, it soon gathers momentum. Like '50s textile patterns, debut illustrator Waters's silkscreenlike spreads render Grandma and the jungle creatures as two-dimensional cutouts; bold, stylized silhouettes of plant and tree motifs play off one another like dense jungle shadows. Grandma's witty resourcefulness and the opportunity to compare cross-cultural story traditions make this a useful resource and a good readaloud. Ages 5 — 8. Author's agent: Sandra Dijkstra, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Lilla Rogers Studio." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.