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High up in the sheltering boughs of a Banyan tree, a group of thirsty birds watches over an inviting pool of water. None of the birds dares to drink from it, however, for fear of inciting the wrath of Old Viper, a vicious snake. Beautiful Peacock wagers that if he can manage to rid them of the reptile, he will then be deemed "king" of the watering hole. Highly skeptical of his success, the other birds readily agree. When Peacock wins the wager, however, the birds find themselves in the hands of an even worse ...
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High up in the sheltering boughs of a Banyan tree, a group of thirsty birds watches over an inviting pool of water. None of the birds dares to drink from it, however, for fear of inciting the wrath of Old Viper, a vicious snake. Beautiful Peacock wagers that if he can manage to rid them of the reptile, he will then be deemed "king" of the watering hole. Highly skeptical of his success, the other birds readily agree. When Peacock wins the wager, however, the birds find themselves in the hands of an even worse oppressor than Old Viper. Help comes in the form of the unlikeliest of sources when Koel, the plainest bird among them, hatches a plan to teach Peacock a lesson in humility that will have his feathers trailing behind him for the rest of his days.

A retelling of a traditional tale from northern India in which a conceited peacock learns that beauty has many forms.

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Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Peacock is preoccupied with his own beauty, but the other birds in the forest have more immediate concerns. Peacock indulges them. In return he asks to be made king of the water hole. Of course, he's an insufferable king, and of course, as in all good stories, he gets his own! Kajpust has retold this lovely and thought-provoking story from the folklore of northern India. Sources would have been a welcome addition, especially because they seem to have been oral. Kelly's watercolor/guache illustrations are attractive and exquisitely detailed. I was disappointed by the colors that seem much more muted than the brilliant hues I associate with India.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786822331
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 11.29 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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