Pattan's Pumpkin

ISBN 9780763692742

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A Traditional Flood Story from Southern India

by Chitra Soundar; illustrated by Frané Lessac

When Pattan finds a yellow-flower vine wilting in his valley, he replants and cares for it, watching as a pumpkin appears and grows taller than the goats, taller than the elephants, as tall as the very mountains.  When a terrible storm rages across the valley, Pattan wonders if perhaps his pumpkin can save the seeds and grains and saplings, the goats and birds and bison, and protect them all as the storm clouds burst and the waters rise.  Frané Lessac’s brilliantly hued artwork is a feast for the eyes, while Chitra Soundar’s thoughtful retelling is a fascinating example of the kinds of stories told the world over — and the differences that make each version unique.

A vibrant variation on the traditional flood myth from the Irular tribe in Southern India.

Recommended for young readers ages 4-8 years old.  Also for children who haven't heard it before, a sweet complement to studying Ancient India in Grade 5 Waldorf pedagogy.

Hardcover, 32 pages.
9 7/16" x 10 13/16"

Candlewick Press.