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Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali…

Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale

by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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A grandma is traveling to visit her daughter and she tricks animals who try to eat her by telling them that they should wait to eat her on the way back when she has fattened up. On the way back she seals herself in the gourd to sneak past them.

It was a good story the grandmother had a clever trickster vibe going on. It had the classic folktale/fairytale repetition. My favorite characters were the dogs.
  fchloe1 | Mar 19, 2017 |
Grandma and the Great Gourd is a retelling of a Bengali folktale. Grandma travels through the jungle and encounters many animals who want to eat her along the way. She makes her way back home by hiding in a giant gourd and outsmarting the jungle animals. This book has really bright and defined illustrations that make it a really interesting book for children to experience. Genre - Traditional Literature.
  nicoleconduff | Mar 19, 2017 |
Grandma goes on a journey to visit her daughter and grandchildren. Along the way she encounters wild animals who would like to eat her. She tricks them time after time, but eventually her luck runs thin.
  annereid1 | Feb 21, 2017 |
This book is about Grandma who has two dogs and grows a garden. She sets off on a journey to visit her daughter but leaves the dogs behind to tend to the garden. They tell her call to them if she is in danger. She has to go through the forest to reach her daughters and in the forest she comes across a fox, a bear and a tiger. All three of them want to eat her but she tells them to wait until she comes back from her daughters because her daughter is a good cook and she will be fatter then. She arrives to her daughters safely and stays for a while. She eats a lot of good food and gets very plump. She begins to miss her dogs and garden but wonders how she is to get home because of the three animals. Her daughter and her come up with a great plan and she hides in a huge gourd. Her daughter pushes her to the edge of the forest and Grandma rolls until she reaches the tiger. She sings a song “I’m just a spinning gourd, singing my song. Won’t you give me a push a help me along?” The tiger does so until she reaches the bear. She sings the same song and he pushes her until she reaches the fox. The fox is far smarter and when she sings the song he knows something is wrong. He rips the top off and out comes Grandma. She asks for one last song and begins to call out for her dogs. They come and scare off the fox and Grandma goes back to her home with the dogs.

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I really enjoyed this story. At the beginning it reminded me of Little Red Riding Hood which is a story I was told over and over again as a child. The story is easy to read and very well written. It has great illustrations that help move the story along. When Grandma is supposed to be skinny her character is very tiny and when she is plump she is much larger. The author and illustrator definitely worked well together to get the story to make the most sense. This is definitely a story I would read to future children of mine or family members.

Classroom Extension Activities:
1. Bring a gourd first of all so children understand what that is. I do not think many young children would know what a gourd actually is.
2. Coloring sheets of fox, bear and tigers.
3. Teach a lesson on deception and why Foxes always seem to be in stories like these. ( )
  ShaLee.Hale | Sep 19, 2016 |
Traditional Literature Assignment
  Jackie.Spencer | Jun 30, 2016 |
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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 wait for her return trip, she still must find a way to outwit them all.

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