Chitra Soundar & Frané Lessac
North Somerset Teachers Book Award – Nomination
Power of Reading text for 2017-2018 UK
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?
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.
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.
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
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