Pattan’s Pumpkin

Chitra Soundar & Frané Lessac

North Somerset Teachers Book Award – Nomination

Power of Reading text for 2017-2018 UK

Otter-Barry Books 2016
Candlewick Press  2017

ISBN:9781910959442

 An exciting, vibrantly illustrated Flood Story from India.

Pattan has an amazing pumpkin… it grows BIGGER than the goats, BIGGER than the elephants, until it is as TALL as the mountains.

But can Pattan’s pumpkin save his family and all the animals when the storm-clouds burst and the waters rise?

US Reviews:

Colorful, authentic-feeling, and vibrant illustrations look similar to traditional Indian folk art and carry the story. Although this accessible story is not religious and stands on its own, it is comparable to flood stories in the Sumerian, Mesopotamian, and Judeo-Christian cultures. A whimsical traditional flood story for comparative-religion shelves.
—Kirkus Reviews

A vivid gouache palette and joyfully painted creatures will delight readers who notice the details…Most striking, perhaps, is Lessac’s rendering of everyone’s eyes—long-lashed and twinkly—which draw the reader’s gaze towards what’s important: all living things.
—Booklist

The story is nicely paced, and the excitement of the perilous journey comes to life. Pattan and his wife are likable characters. The gouache illustrations have a charming naive quality that should have considerable child appeal

—School Library Journal

Australian Reviews:  BuzzwordsRead It Daddy,  Creative Tales

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