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Farmer Falgu Goes to the Market

(Farmer Falgu)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Farmer Falgu has a plan. But as usual, it’s a plan that’s turned topsy-turvy by the madness that surrounds him. But then, Farmer Falgu can usually find his way out of any mess! Chitra Soundar’s energetic tale radiates with adventure and madness, while Kanika Nair’s visual style underscores it with minimalistic artwork splashed with just a dab of vivid, striking colour.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 28th 2014 by Karadi Tales
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May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Clever story that reads aloud well. Recommended.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
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I'm a 3.5 on this one. Farmer Falgu gathers all his produce and sets off for the market in order to sell his wares. But various mishaps cause his eggs to be cracked and his produce to be crushed. At each turn as something else gets ruined, he maintains his equilibrium. And then when it looks as though he has nothing to sell, he comes up with a clever plan. Using a friend's skillet, he realizes that he has all the necessary ingredients for some healthy omelettes, and that's exactly what he procee ...more
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: storytime-ideas
First off, I love books that embrace other cultures and ethnicity through authentic authors' and illustrators' voices. The illustrations are fun and energetic and bold enough for a group read aloud. A basic story where everything keeps going wrong on a trip to the market is an engaging take on the lemons to lemonade idea. This doesn't leave as many options for interaction with kids as I really look for in storytime books, but I appreciate the color and international perspective, so I think I wou ...more
Stephanie Tournas
This import from India features universal themes of food and slapstick misfortune. The farmer Falgu is on his way to market with his team of oxen and a cart full of produce. Each time the cart hits a pothole, something from the cart falls and is squished or broken. But Falgu makes lemons out of lemonade, and all ends well. I love the simple story, told in simple declarative sentences, enhanced with onomatopoeia and typeface in different colors and designs. The deeply colored illustrations are bo ...more
Juliana Lee
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Farmer Falgu packs his wagon to go to the market, he is careful to keep his white eggs, brown eggs, and duck eggs safe. But between the potholes, the family of ducks crossing the road, and big truck passing by, all of his eggs are cracked and his vegetables are squashed. Famer Falgu is worried about selling enough to make the trip worthwhile. Then he has a wonderful idea and saves the day.
Patricia McLaughlin
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Simple, brightly colored illustrations dramatize Farmer Falgu’s disastrous trip to market and his delicious reversal of fortune. A more satisfying ending, such as a lesson on the importance of a positive mental attitude in dealing with misfortune, would earn a fourth star.
Edward Sullivan
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, food, india
Cheerful problem solving tale set in India. Lovely, vibrant illustrations.
Ed Goodbooks
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Anjana Raghavan reviews the book on Goodbooks: "This story is a triumph of an accident. It’s catastrophic, clever and really quite heart-warming. Kanika Nair’s artwork complements the plot beautifully. It’s vivid and simple, and that always works for me; and I must admit that the pretty, brown bullocks with the multi-coloured bells round their necks totally won me over. That, and Farmer Falgu’s enormous purple turban, which I immediately wanted to own. The use of splashes of colour in the script ...more
Sheetal Maurya - Godse (Halo of Books)
This book could be a great option for your kids to teach sounds and name of the vegetables. Apart from this, they can learn that anyone can always create a better from the worst.
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The artwork is really cheerful and bright, which I loved. It might not be quite as intricate as some of the others picture books but it’s still really charming.
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Chitra Soundar is originally from the culturally colourful India where traditions, festivals and mythology are a way of life. After six great years in the island city-state Singapore, Chitra now lives in London.

Chitra's primary interest is in writing picture books and early & emergent readers. She enjoys retelling funny folktales from around the world, especially from India.

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