• Title: No Dinner!The Story of the Old Woman and the Pumpkin
  • Author: Jessica Souhami
  • ISBN: 9780711214590
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Paperback
  • No Dinner The Story of the Old Woman and the Pumpkin An old woman sets off through the forest to visit her granddaughter when one by one out jump a hungry fox a hungry bear and a hungry tiger The old woman escapes by telling them she ll taste even be
    An old woman sets off through the forest to visit her granddaughter, when one by one, out jump a hungry fox, a hungry bear and a hungry tiger The old woman escapes by telling them she ll taste even better on the way back, once she s eaten her dinner.

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    1. I have read many folktales that have originated from India and this particular tale called “No Dinner!” which was written and illustrated by Jessica Souhami was really interesting to me as the heroine of the story (a frail old woman) thinks of a creative way to outwit the dangers in the forest!The story starts off with a frail old woman going to visit her granddaughter on the other side of the forest. But first, the old woman has to avoid all the dangers of the forest which includes meeting [...]

    2. This is a really fun read. The book is centred around a very frail old lady that is making her way through the forest in order to get to her granddaughters house. However on her way she bumps into many animals, such as a big terrifying lion and a cunning wolf, that all want to eat her. She tells them that on her way back she will be nice and fat and they should wait to eat her then. On her way home the grandma has a plan and decides to roll herself through the forest in a giant pumpkin to avoid [...]

    3. I wasn't sure what to expect from this story. I was pleasantly surprised. It has a very engaging narrative that is perfect for reading aloud and colorful illustrations depicting an Indian landscape.I've been reading a lot of fairy tales and folk tales recently and this is a good one. It's a retelling of a classic south Asian story, and it was a new one for me.It has a lot of repetition, which children like and it has a good story of a grandma outwitting the creatures who would want to eat her. W [...]

    4. I read this for a library storytime this summer with a theme of folk tales from around the world. This is a folk tale from India and is like a cross between Little Red Riding Hood and Three Billy Goats Gruff with the grandma being the one braving the danger of the animals while going through the woods.

    5. Finding a folktale to read for my toddlers at storytime can be a challenge. This book is an exception- variety of animals for the kids to help make their noises, a silly old lady as the protagonist, and a pumpkin.

    6. This picture book is suggested for ages 3 to 8, but I still love reading it despite my children being teenagers now. The adventure begins with a frail and thin old woman who lives on the edge of a forest in India. She longs to visit her granddaughter who lives on the other side of the woods. The conflict happens because the old woman is afraid of the fierce, hungry, and sly animals awaiting her among the trees. She know they all want to eat her. Bravely, she sets off on her journey taping her wa [...]

    7. Another reviewer compared this story to Little Red Ridinghood. I can see the comparison, but I think it's more akin to the Three Billy Goats Gruff.An old woman travels through the (scary!) forest to see her daughter. On her way she avoids three carnivores by claiming they should wait to eat her until she's big and fat, on her way back, something they amiably agree to.But then she goes and gets big and fat! How can she escape them now? Well, she can hide in a pumpkin and ROLL home, right? The bes [...]

    8. Because of this book's ugly cover and dull title, I hadn't given it a glance until India Day at my school. Opening it up was like cracking open a rock and finding out it's a geode.A very, very old traditional tale is told in a fluid and charming way in No Dinner. The story is repetitive but the threat of violence in the form of the grandma being eaten keeps the kids rapt. She manages to outsmart them, too, that crafty old broad!The strangest thing I found when reading this out loud was that the [...]

    9. India style with clever grandmother (and grand daughter since it is her idea how to get home again) outsmarting the hungry carnivores in the forest.

    10. How does an old woman traveling through the woods outsmart three different wild animals who would like to eat her for dinner?

    11. Read to a Year 1 class. They loved it and made links with Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

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