Ann Whitehead Nagda Snake Charmer

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Snake Charmer

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A little boy in India longs to become a snake charmer.

Vishnu dreams of being a snake charmer like his father. He already knows how to handle cobras and he is learning to play the special flute. He longs to go to the city to charm snakes while the tourists watch. But his father thinks that education is more important, so Vishnu must stay home.

Life in the village is never dull, though. There are plenty of games and chores to keep everyone busy, and then there's school, which is taught outdoors. And every few weeks Vishnu's father-and the snakes-return home to visit.

A striking introduction to life in India as seen through the eyes of one little boy.

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Ann Whitehead Nagda is the author of several books about wildlife. Her love of wild animals grew during her visits to national parks and wildlife reserves in Asia and Africa, and today she is a docent at the Denver Zoo. Ms. Nadga lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband and her cat.

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Gr. 2-5. An Indian snake charmer and his son, Vishnu, who wants to follow in his father's footsteps, are the subject of this photo-essay. Sher Singh plies his trade in northern India, sitting in front of a round basket from which a cobra rears up, spreads its hood, and sways to the sound of Sher Singh's flute. Young Vishnu wants to be a snake charmer, but his father insists that he stay in school. The numerous color photos set against pale pages, which are decorated with drawings of flora and fauna and surrounded by decorative borders, will fascinate children. Along with the scenes of village life, there are photos of snakes being hunted, trained, and used to make a living. The text is not always clear. Nagda's author's note states that snakes are considered holy and to kill them is unthinkable. Yet in several other places, she remarks that many snakes are killed for their skins. Overall, however, this is a very good read that will tell children as much about rural life in India as it does about snake charming. Ilene Cooper
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