Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Grandma and the Great Gourd


Bibliographic Information: Grandma and the Great Gourd. Retold by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Illustrated by Susy Pilgrim Waters. Roaring Book Press c. 2013, 32pp.

Reading Level: AD (adult directed) 730L

Synopsis: This Bengali Folktale tells the tale of a woman called Grandma who lived in an Indian village and loved to garden. Grandma goes to visit her daughter and encounters wild animals who want to eat her during her trip. On her trip back home Grandma evades the wild animals by hiding inside of a giant gourd.

Rationale for Use: This book would be great to include in a discussion of various genres. It would also be a great way to talk about author’s purpose and author’s message.

Common Core Connection: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.2 Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.


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This entry was posted on June 19, 2013 by in Picturebooks and tagged , , , .

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