THE GREEN GOURD by C.W. Hunter

THE GREEN GOURD

A North Carolina Folktale
adapted by & illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 8
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

 ``Never pull a green gourd afore it's ripe, or it'll witch ye sure.'' The old woman knows this bit of lore, but since she's lost her only dipper in the rushing stream where she gets water, she risks picking one. Set out to dry, the feisty gourd starts running amok: it ``fumps'' the woman on the head and discombobulates a panther and a fox before a small (but ``spry'') boy manages to squash it flat. Hunter's perky down-home version of a tale credited to a 19th-century collector (a Native American parallel is also cited) makes a grand readaloud. Griego debuts with satisfyingly funny illustrations, the gourd surrounded with cartoony stars, skull, etc., denoting its wicked ways and the stylized settings and figures bursting with energy. A real, well- paced story; good fun. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: April 29th, 1992
ISBN: 0-399-22278-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Putnam
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1992