The Ghost Catcher: A Bengali Folktale

The Ghost Catcher: A Bengali Folktale




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A barber in Bengal is so generous to others that sometimes he has nothing left for his own family. When he comes home empty-handed once again, his wife, tired of going hungry, sends him packing until he finds a way to feed the family. As the barber rests under a banyan tree he is terrorized by a ghost. Through his cleverness, though, he turns the frightening encounter into a solution to his problems. When he returns home to his grateful wife, their money worries are over, and the barber can continue to share with those in need. In a hilarious turn of events, the barber discovers a way to scare the ghost into doing what he says. Kristen Balouch's crisp and colorful illustrations transport us to a world where the living bargain and bluff with the dead, where the communities gather under sprawling banyan trees, and where generosity prevails. This colorful, Indian folktale will teach readers the importance of courage, resourcefulness and trustworthiness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874838350
Publisher: August House Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/25/2008
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 9.11(w) x 11.55(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile: AD660L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Martha and Mitch Weiss Bio: Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss are a husband-and-wife writing and storytelling team known as "Beauty and the Beast Storytellers." They have traveled the world sharing their passion for the oral tradition and the art of telling great stories. They have co-authored thirteen books and two audio recordings with August House. A number of their books have won numerous awards including Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature (awarded by Bank Street College of Education), Parents' Choice, National Parenting Publications Awards, and Storytelling World. Mitch and Martha's story collections include world tales that they tell in a conversational manner so that children can easily comprehend and then share the stories by telling them to other students. Parents and teachers can find a wealth of information on how to get children excited about reading, telling world tales, and making up their own stories at Mitch and Martha's website.
Kristen Balouch Bio: Kristen Balouch was born in Chicago and she turned out to be sort of a dreamy child with an even more colorful interior world. She always loved making things and using her hands to create whatever she imagined. At 17, she packed a bag and moved to Brooklyn, New York where she landed at Pratt Institute and felt right at home in a world of creative misfits. Since then she’s been creating beautiful things whenever and wherever she can.

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The Ghost Catcher: A Bengali Folktale 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
jdieder104 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The original story is "The Ghost Who Was Afraid of Being Bagged" from Folk Tales of Bengal and "The Barber and the Ghost" in India. The story is about a barber that often does not charge his clients because they need the money more than he does. The barber's wife is upset because whn the barber does not charge his clients it leaves them with very little or no food at all. The barber is sent out to find food and money for his family. He meets a ghost whom has never seen a mirror. The ghost tries to scare the barber but instead the ghost is afraid of the reflection in the mirror. The barber says he will bag the ghost unless he brings back money and food.
katieginn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This cute folktale is engaging and likeable. The illustrations seem to be digitally created in solid colors.
CarolyneBegin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a traditional folktale from Bengal about a barber who was often too generous and did not charge people for their haircuts. His wife was upset that they were too poor to eat so he tricked a menacing ghost into collecting money and rice for him. He was then able to be as generous as he pleased and still have enough to eat. Although the generosity theme was a good one, I'm not sure that they way he went about it was as good as it could have been. The last page explains that the ghost was a demon and that they are menacing but not very bright. In their culture they are not welcome and therefore acceptable to trick them in this way.The last page also explains the importance of barbers in their culture. Originally they would travel around and often cut outdoors under trees. They were a place to meet and tell stories.I really liked the artwork in this book. Although it says that they are created digitally, they look like they have been painted on fabric as would have been done traditionally. The images are crisp and describe the scenes well.