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The Rumor: A Jataka Tale from India

by Jan Thornhill

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I loved this book and have added it as one of my favorites. Not only are the pictures marvelous and the best, in my opinion but the main point of the story is for the young and old. Which is, check out the facts for yourself. Research and gather up all the info by yourself. Do not follow blindly! ( )
  LadyD_Books | Apr 14, 2009 |
... The rumour began once upon a time, in India, where a young hare who worried about everything became obsessed with the notion that the world was about to fall apart. ...a ripe mango fell to the ground beside her. 'OH, NO!' she cried. 'The world is breaking up!' ... And so a rumour was born and before long a thousand hares -- a veritable river of hares -- were running through the grove, soon to be joined by a thousand boars, a thousand deer, a thousand tigers and a thousand rhinoceroses. ...this glorious stampede of rumour-ridden, multicoloured animals surges. Only the wisdom of a lion can stop it in its tracks, and return worrrywort to the rumour's source.
 
Thornhill... retells the ancient 'sky is falling!' tale informally: being a 'worrywart,' a hare is startled into believing that the world is breaking up when a mango falls behind him. Soon he’s joined in his flight by 999 more hares, plus 'a thousand boars,' 'a thousand deer,' and 'a thousand tigers,' etc.—all of whom are stopped in their tracks by a calm lion, who gets to the cause of the panic and leaves everyone 'pretty embarrassed.' Frames set off Thornhill’s increasingly crowded paintings.... The telling is arch and clever, pitched just right for reading aloud with a grin.... the cast is composed of endangered Indian animals, all of whom are introduced at the end with a note about their loss of habitat.
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A timid hare believes the world is breaking up and leads a stampede of animals who accept the rumour.

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