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The Rumor

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  41 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
In the village of Baddbaddpur, the people like to tell tales, “so tall that if you put them one on top of the other, they would reach the stars.” Pandurang is so dour that he can make milk turn sour. One day he coughs up a feather. As the story of Pandurang’s feather is passed from one person to another it grows and grows and grows until it can hardly be recognized. And th ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Tundra Books (first published December 1st 2009)
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Sep 10, 2012 Erika rated it really liked it
I loved this modern day version of gossip gone wild. The story opens up with a man coughing up a feather. He's so surprised he tells his wife but mentions not to say anything to anyone else about it. He is after all, the town recluse and doesn't want anyone talking about him behind his back. Well, of course the man's wife can't resist but to tell one person and before you know it everyone knows. Only, the original story keeps changing with every person that passes it on. It's sort of like a mode ...more
Nov 14, 2011 Bobby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Often in children's books, either the storytelling is stronger or the illustrating. However, here both are superb and come together very nicely. The story is based on the old concept that if you tell someone something, and he/she tells it to just one person, who in turn tells it to just one more person, etc, by the time the last person hears it, it sounds dramatically different than what the first person said. However, the creative manner in which Anushka Ravishankar interprets this story and th ...more
The villagers in The Rumor are “prosperous and happy, but had nothing much to do most of the time”--so they told tales. In this cautionary tale that plays out like the game ‘telephone,’ what comes out of the mouth of the protagonist literally grows and mutates with greater improbability as the rumor spreads around the countryside.

Of the many cautionary tales to be told to children about rumors, The Rumor is a new favorite. I appreciate how it addresses tale-telling and rumor.

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Original English edition published by Karadi Tales (India) in 2009.
North American English edition published by Tundra Books (Canada) in 2012.
Apr 22, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I liked this story about exaggeration and gossip - the illustrations were fun and it would make a nice read aloud.
Sandy Brehl
With lyrical language, using rich (and enriching) vocabulary, this vividly illustrated story is intersperse with rhymed text. When a man tells his wife of an odd event, she begins the cycle of retelling with ever more outrageous distortions as word passes from villager to villager. This traditional tale has a satisfying resolution when the story returns to his doorstep and the town curmudgeon laughs until he cries. The illustrations, names, and cultural references give this a magnificent sense o ...more
Nov 14, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it
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The artwork of this book is absolutely stunning! The colors are deep, rich, and warm and every page is beautiful to look at. The story is a bit like the game Telephone gone haywire! My daughter really liked seeing how the rumor kept changing and the end result is delightful!
A fable set in India that tells the story of a man who for no apparent reason coughed up a feather. The story of that odd event was passed from villager to villager, changing along the way into a very tall-tale.
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Anushka Ravishankar, a mathematics graduate, has made a name for herself internationally as an Indian children’s writer, with over 10 books of verse, fiction and non-fiction. Her special talent is in the area of nonsense verse, where she brilliantly adapts this difficult genre to Indian English usage, without a false note. Anushka Ravishankar can be said to have pioneered the Indian English nonsen ...more
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