The Story of a Pumpkin: A Traditional Tale from Bhutan

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In The Story of a Pumpkin, a traditional tale from Bhutan, a childless couple become parents to a young pumpkin. He works in their fields until the day he leaves home to find a wife. The pumpkin, upon his marriage to a princess, breaks apart when he falls from a mango tree. From the broken parts of the pumpkin steps a handsome man.

This bilingual folktale is published in both Nepali and English, and is written and illustrated by new residents of New Hampshire from Bhutan. This ...

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Overview

In The Story of a Pumpkin, a traditional tale from Bhutan, a childless couple become parents to a young pumpkin. He works in their fields until the day he leaves home to find a wife. The pumpkin, upon his marriage to a princess, breaks apart when he falls from a mango tree. From the broken parts of the pumpkin steps a handsome man.

This bilingual folktale is published in both Nepali and English, and is written and illustrated by new residents of New Hampshire from Bhutan. This book is the culmination of the two-year Bhutanese Nepali Folktale Book Project conducted by the New Hampshire Humanities Council through their adult literacy program, Connection.

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"The Story of a Pumpkin is most definitely not just the story of a pumpkin. It's a story of national heritage, rooted deep in the farmlands of Bhutan and passed down from generation to generation. It's a story of growth and change, written in both the native language of Bhutanese refugees and the language they are struggling daily to learn. And it's a story of honoring tradition, designed to link these refugees' children to the quickly fading memories of their homeland." —Concord Monitor

“In time for Halloween comes a book about a fascinating folktale from the Asian country of Bhutan. The Story of a Pumpkin will certainly be a unique addition to your library as it is written not only in English but in Nepali.”—Sun News Miami

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615653792
  • Publisher: New Hampshire Humanities Council
  • Publication date: 2/2/2013
  • Edition description: Bilingual Nepali-English ed.
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 1,003,753
  • Product dimensions: 12.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

HARI TIWARI is from the village of Dumfa, Bhutan and lived in the Beldangi 2 refugee camp in Nepal for 18 years before immigrating to New Hampshire. She remembers the stories her father told her and retold those stories to her oldest daughter and the elders who gathered at the Oxfam school. DAL RAI is from the village of Neemtola, Bhutan and didn't begin to draw until he was given a pencil in the Nepali refugee camp. He gradually advances to water colors and his goal after immigrating to New Hampshire is to study art.

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