Pattan and his wife, Kanni, lived happily on their farm alongside their many animals and crops. Pattan, who nurtured and tended his crops with love and care, was a generous farmer who shared his food with everyone. After replanting a forlorn looking plant a pumpkin started to grow and it never stopped growing. Eventually it was as big as the mountain! When heavy rains came, Pattan and his wife needed to leave their beloved farm behind but how could they save all of the animals and a seed from each of their crops. Could the huge pumpkin provide a solution to the problem…
I’m a big believer that children should experience stories from other cultures and countries as it allows them to have a better understanding of the world in which they live and will encourage them to live as global citizens. Pattan’s Pumpkin is an Indian story that is told by the Irular tribe and has been adapted by Chitra Soundar in this lovely traditional folktale.
On reading, it is easy to draw lots of parallels with Noah’s Ark and the two could be used for young children to compare against one another. But this is not simply an Indian version of Noah’s Ark, this is a tale deeply rooted in its own culture and beliefs as the author’s note alludes to. This version of the story is simply told for its younger audience and is complemented by illustrations that are rich and filled with the colours of India.
A delightful story that embraces Indian culture and traditional storytelling.
Recommended for 5+.