Grandma and the Great Gourd

A Bengali Folktale

Retold by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni; illustrated by Susy Pilgrim Waters

A Neal Porter Book

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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.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013

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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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Retold by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni; illustrated by Susy Pilgrim Waters

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.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Susy Pilgrim Waters

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Grandma and the Great Gourd
A Bengali Folktale
Retold by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni; illustrated by Susy Pilgrim Waters

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Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year

Kindle Format 8

Kindle Format 8
Roaring Brook Press
A Neal Porter Book
March 2013
Kindle Format 8
ISBN: 9781466830219
ISBN10: 1466830212
eBook Picture Book - Amazon32 pages, full color throughout
Age Range: 5 to 8
Grade Range: 1 to 3
$9.99

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
Macmillan Young Listeners
March 2013
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427232441
ISBN10: 142723244X

Age Range: 5 to 8
Grade Range: 1 to 3
$1.99

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Hardcover
Roaring Brook Press
A Neal Porter Book
March 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781596433786
ISBN10: 1596433787
Picture Book
9 x 9 inches, 32 pages, Full-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 5 to 8
Grade Range: 1 to 3
$17.99
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