PUMPKIN PALACE by Evelyn Powell Pri


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This gentle, atmospheric story of a young Indian boy in British India has the timelessness and implausibility of a fairy story, yet the characters are earthy and real. Umar Chand, who loved to paint and dream of great palaces for his very poor family, miraculously becomes heir of the wealthy Maharajah and finally acquires the title and wealth enough to give his family all the fabulous luxuries of which he had dreamed. The style is leisurely, witty with a wry humor, and the black and white and two-color illustrations are lavish and sensitive at the same time. Bound in strong board and with a handsome format, this is an appealing book for story-telling and as supplementary material on the historic dress and customs of India.

Publisher: Warne