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The Resource A bucket of blessings, Kabir Sehgal & Surishtha Sehgal ; illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong

A bucket of blessings, Kabir Sehgal & Surishtha Sehgal ; illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong

Label
A bucket of blessings
Title
A bucket of blessings
Statement of responsibility
Kabir Sehgal & Surishtha Sehgal ; illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong
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Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"A picture book based on an Indian myth about a monkey who tries to save his village, and a dancing peacock that brings rain"--
Illustration
Review
  • Tsong (Up in the Hawaiian Sky) illustrates this modest folktale with crisp artwork, assembling colored and patterned shapes to depict a mountainside in rural India. A drought has parched the land, and Monkey, who has lilac fur and a nearly human face, hopes the peacock at the top of the mountain can break the drought by dancing. “Oh, Monkey, I need water to make it rain,” the peacock tells him. On the way down, Monkey takes refuge in a cave. In a striking spread, a single shaft of light makes a secret spring gleam; nothing could better convey the water’s preciousness. Monkey fills his bucket, but it’s leaky, and it drips steadily as Monkey again climbs the mountain. In despair, he looks behind him to discover a trail of flowers, leaves, and birds. The water has brought them miraculously to life and allowed the peacock to dance and bring rain, too. Kabir Sehgal and his mother, Surishtha, tell the story in the simplest prose; the wealth water represents is conveyed through Tsong’s artwork. Some of the book’s proceeds will benefit a water charity. Ages 4–8. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed February 10, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 06, p)
  • Deep in the jungle, the animals are experiencing a drought. Monkey remembers the story his mother had told him about how "peacocks can make it rain by dancing," so he climbs the mountain to find the bird. Peacock claims he needs water to make it rain; conveniently, Monkey now finds some inside a cave. Unbeknownst to him, the bucket he fetches to carry the water has a hole, and it leaks all the way back to Peacock. Not only do those drops change the landscape from brown to Technicolor, but when Peacock dances in response to the remaining drips, "buckets of rain" begin to fall. The illustrations are a combination of block printing and digital manipulation. While the monkey is awkwardly rendered, the textures of the landscape are pleasing, and some double-page spreads—in particular, the storm and the peacock's dance—are striking. These do not compensate, however, for a contrived plot and lackluster writing; there is little to recommend this story despite the well-meaning provision to funnel a portion of profits to a clean-water charity. Books born to carry a message are burdened by that baggage; this is no exception. (authors' note) (Picture book. 3-5)(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2014)
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10319698
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sehgal, Kabir
Dewey number
398.20954
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
AD560L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ8.1.S4543
LC item number
Bu 2014
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
Reading level
2.4
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Sehgal, Surishtha
  • Tsong, Jing Jing
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Folklore
  • Folklore
Target audience
primary
Label
A bucket of blessings, Kabir Sehgal & Surishtha Sehgal ; illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1022423
Dimensions
21 x 27 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781442458703
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2012027500
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781442458703
Label
A bucket of blessings, Kabir Sehgal & Surishtha Sehgal ; illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1022423
Dimensions
21 x 27 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781442458703
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2012027500
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781442458703

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