Sufiya Ahmed keeps this tale alive for the next generation!
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As a little girl, I sat and listened to the Gujarati folktales of my friends’ grandmother. A gentle, elegant woman, Grandma Bhatt would sit in her soft, cotton sarees, in suburban New Jersey, and spin rich tales full of animal cunning and bravery, human missteps and folly, the riddles of kings and curious girls who opened jewelled boxes that swallowed the world in plagues. She told these stories from half a world away to keep them alive. Stories fade to nothingness when left untold. With their loss dies culture, language and the inheritance of morality messages with which these tales are elaborately embroidered. This brings me to Sufiya Ahmed’s UNDER THE GREAT PLUM TREE. Part of @tiny_owl_publishing’s fantastic One Story, Many Voices series, it’s a retelling of the ancient folk tale of the monkey and the crocodile. A version of the same story can be found in the Panchatantra, a Indian collection of animal fables dated to 300 BCE. Ahmed does the important work of keeping this tale of unlikely friendship, wisdom outstripping treachery, and most importantly forgiveness alive for a new generation. Her telling is crisp yet loving allowing the reader’s imagination to go along for a journey on the back of the old crocodile. The striking art of @_rezadalvand_ takes us somewhere else entirely — to a timeless space vibrating with colour and pattern. This retelling and wider series understand the power and magic of a story, well told, to make an impression on the mind of a child that can last for centuries. @kalpenn #sufiyaahmed #readyourworld #ownvoices #ownvoicesbooks #weneeddiversebooks #kidlit #kidsofinstagram #kidsbookstagram #kidsbookswelove #diversebooksforkids #threecubsbookreview
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