The Rumor

Pandurang, a fruit seller in the village of Baddbaddpur, is an ill-tempered, grumpy man who never smiles. One day he coughs up a feather. The story of Panduang’s feather is passed on from one person to another until it is barely recognized. All the villagers come to see the forest, tigers, and birds that supposedly come out of his mouth. Pandurang listens to them and his frown grows lighter and lighter until he finally smiles. Funny, brilliant illustrations complement this version of “broken telephone” by the Indian Dr. Seuss. mjw
Title: The Rumor
Author: Anushka Ravishankar
Illustrator
: Kanyika Kini
Publisher
: Tundra Books. Toronto, Canada
Copyright
: 2012
Original Title
: The Rumour
Original Publisher
: Karadi Tales Company Pvt. Ltd. India
Original Copyright
: 2009
ISBN
: 978-1-77049-280-6
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: India
Author’s ethnicity
: Indian
Author’s residence
: India
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Indian
Illustrator’s residence
: Munich
Awards
: 2013 South Asia Book Award
Subjects
: Fairytales, Folktales, Myths

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