Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A BUCKET OF BLESSINGS by Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal

A simple story at heart A Bucket Of Blessings is one of the most endearing and inspiring children’s books to come across my desk.   It is an Indian myth beautifully illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong.  Her serene, graceful art fills every page until as the story moves along pages burst with color.

We meet Monkey who lives in a large jungle with many mango trees.  All is not well for Monkey due to a lack of rain - both the village well and the pond are dry.  He and his neighbors look everywhere for water but there is none.  Then suddenly Monkey remembers a story his mother used to tell him about peacocks making rain by dancing.  So, he decides to climb a nearby mountain and visit Peacock.

Would that making rain would be that easy!  Peacock says he needs water to make it rain and asks Monkey to find him some.  With hope in his heart Monkey goes off to try to find water. What he does find will help young ones realize that just one person can make a difference, and that there is joy to be found in helping others.

A Bucket Of  Blessings is a happy, captivating story - one that will be read or heard time and time again.

- Gail Cooke

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