Bucket of Blessings, A

Kabir Sehgal, Surishtha Sehgal
A beautiful myth from India comes to life in this enchanting picture book.Near a majestic mountain in a vast jungle with many mango trees, it has not rained for weeks and weeks. The village well and pond are dry. Monkey and his friends look everywhere for water, but they have no luck. And then Monkey remembers a story his mama used to tell him, a story about how peacocks can make it rain by dancing. So he sets out to see if the story is true… This little-known legend, told with dramatic rhythm and illustrated with the colors and textures of India, is sure to delight and inspire.


Reviewed: 2020-12-01

The land is dry and parched and all the animals suffer from the lack of water. Monkey wonders what he can do to help bring rain, but he recalls the story his grandmother told him. In it, she said if one could get a bucket of water to Peacock, he could spread his tail feathers and dance to bring rain. Monkey wonders where he will find even one bucket of water, but he hopes for a miracle. He sets out to see if Peacock can do the dance without any water. On his way, however, when he stops to rest in a cave, he finds a spring of water. He fills a leaky bucket with water for Peacock, but most spills on his trek up the hill. Monkey is disappointed, but Peacock tells him to look behind - he sees beautiful flowers and grass blooming and sees the animals thankful for the taste a water. Peacock dances, thunder clouds form, and drenching rains fall. Peacock assures Monkey that the greatest gift of all is sharing when others need help. In an afterword, Maya Angelou explains the significance and importance of this Indian myth. She states, "The reader is shown that it is a blessing to be a blessing." A portion of the proceeds of the book will go to a water charity. The illustrations are layers of color and texture and lend a whimsical touch to the text. A great book to be shared with children.

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