About the Book: Pattan’s Pumpkin is based on a Indian flood story which follows a structure similar to Noah’s Ark. Pattan leads a happy life on the banks of the river with his wife Kanni. One day he discovers an ailing plant which he decides to nurture. Over time a pumpkin grows; it grows bigger and bigger until it is larger than the elephants. One night a great storm rages and Pattan decides to escape the floods by sheltering inside the enormous pumpkin. He takes two of every animal and one of every seed, grain and sapling with him to ensure human, animal and plant life survives the flood.
Reasons for Selection: This is a heart-warming tale that teaches the importance of taking care of plants and animals in order for human life to flourish. The main characters possess important values such as perseverance, courage and love. The illustrations are bright and engaging whilst the vocabulary is carefully chosen.
About Take One Book: The books in the Take One Book collection can be used in conjunction with the Take One Book website, or independently. Take One Book is Just Imagine’s programme for teaching reading and English using high quality literature. You can find further information and free exemplar units on the Take One Book website takeonebook.org
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