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The following story about a poor boy who started a business with an unusual capital and became wealthy is from the folktales of India. Some of the principles the story brings into focus are: honor one's parents, hard work and determination leads to success, and share one's blessings.
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Meena Thottam grew up in Kerala, on the west side of the southern-most tip of India where coffee and rubber trees grow. The land is lush, and the folklore of her culture is rich with the wisdom of generations.Review:
In the following stories you will discover the delightful sense of humor her people used to teach life s serious lessons. Whether a retold tale from India, or her original story, the rhythm, pacing, imagery, and the word choices are distinctly vintage Meena.
I highly recommend that you find a comfortable chair, relax, and let your imagination follow this master story teller into a land far from your cares of today. --Elyse Larson, author of the Women of Valor series
Meena Thottam's Tumbledown Tales series offer young readers an excellent introduction to the rich folktale tradition of India.
The author presents some of the better known stories in "The Jataka Tales" and "The Panchatantra" in a highly readable style, accessible to children of all cultures who are beginning to read and learn about the larger world. I recommend this series also for those adults who secretly enjoy the books they read to children and learn from them. Indeed, each volume here packs a tale, a moral, and a glossary of words to help build vocabulary and to balance education and entertainment. --Dr. Thomas Palakeel, Professor of English, Bradley University
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