Grandma and the Great Gourd

A Bengali Folktale

By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni; Susy Pilgrim Waters (Illustrator)
Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596433786, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 5, 2013

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"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.
"Grandma and the Great Gourd "is a "Kirkus Reviews" Best Book of 2013.

About the Author
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the author of sixteen books, including "Oleander Girl", "The Mistress of Spices", "Sister of My Heart", "Palace of Illusions", and "One Amazing Thing." Her work has appeared in "The New Yorker", " The Atlantic Monthly", and "The New York Times", and has won, among other prizes, an American Book Award. Born in India, she currently lives in Texas and is the McDavid professor of Creative Writing at the University of Houston.

Praise For Grandma and the Great Gourd

"Colorful in more than one sense of the word." -- Booklist

"This fresh new version will soon have young listeners and readers telling the story themselves." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Clever and crafty, this well-told tale will be a fun addition to most collections." -- School Library Journal

:Grandma’s witty resourcefulness and the opportunity to compare cross-cultural story traditions make this a useful resource and a good readaloud."-- Publishers Weekly

"The acclaimed poet and novelist makes her picture-book debut with a Bengali folktale she remembers hearing from her grandmother in India." -- The Horn Book

 "Eye-catching." -- BCCB

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