rumor has it

Day Eighteen: The Rumor  By Anushka Ravishankar, Illustrated by Kanyika Kini Karadi Tales 2009 The villagers in The Rumor are “prosperous and happy, but had nothing much to do most of the time”–so they told tales. In this cautionary tale that plays out like the game ‘telephone,’ what comes out of the mouth of the protagonist literallyContinue reading “rumor has it”

counting to tree

Day Seventeen: One, Two, Tree! By Anushka Ravishankar and Sirish Rao Illustrated by Durga Bai Tara Books 2004 . . . . . . . . . . Durga Bai draws from the Gond tradition of painting to illustrate in bright and warm colors a tree increasingly crowded with creatures. Told in rhyme, One, Two, Tree! is aContinue reading “counting to tree”

sweetness

Day One:  Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth by Sanjay Patel and Emily Haynes, illustrated by Sanjay Patel Chronicle Books, 2012. Includes “Authors’ Note” wherein some pronunciation help is provided. Ganesha is just like any other kid, except that he has the head of an elephant and rides around on a magical mouse. And he loves sweets, especiallyContinue reading “sweetness”

traveling by gourd to grandma’s house

Day Twenty-Seven: Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale retold by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, illus. Susy Pilgrim Waters a Neal Porter Book (Roaring Brook Press) 2013 “On her way to visit her daughter on the other side of the jungle, Grandma encounters a hungry fox, bear, and tiger, and although she convinces them to waitContinue reading “traveling by gourd to grandma’s house”