Sydnee Burr


Outstanding, Primary, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Susy Pilgrim Waters, Jungle, Folk Tales, Bengali, Tigers, Cleverness

Document Type

Book Review


A re-creation of a classic Bengali Folktale, Grandma and the Great Gourd captures new audiences and imaginations alike. Grandma travels alone through the dangerous jungle to visit her daughter. On the way, she meets very hungry, very wild animals who wish to eat her. Grandma outwits them by telling them she's too skinny, but if they would just wait until after her visit they would find her plump and tasty. Towards the end of her visit, Grandma and her daughter construct a tricky plan to help Grandma traverse the jungle again and avoid becoming a wild animal's supper.