On Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m., the Children’s Museum of Houston hosts Free Family Nights.
Author Chitra Soundar will be leading a story time in the museum’s branch of the Houston Public Library. Katy Budget Books will be on-site to sell her books, Pattan’s Pumpkin and Mangoes, Mischief, and Tales of Friendship, for the author to sign following her reading. We hope to see you there!
*All admission fees are waived and families are able to go to the Museum and experience everything it has to offer. The free admission provided to visitors not only includes access to all of their hands-on exhibits but to a wide variety of programming that extends from the cultural arts to science and math.
A vibrant variation on the traditional flood myth from the Irular tribe in Southern India.
When Pattan finds a yellow-flower vine wilting in his valley, he replants and cares for it, watching as a pumpkin appears and grows taller than the goats, taller than the elephants, as tall as the very mountains. When a terrible storm rages across the valley, Pattan wonders if perhaps his pumpkin can save the seeds and grains and saplings, the goats and birds and bison, and protect them all as the storm clouds burst and the waters rise. Frané Lessac’s brilliantly hued artwork is a feast for the eyes, while Chitra Soundar’s thoughtful retelling is a fascinating example of the kinds of stories told the world over — and the differences that make each version unique.
Can Prince Veera and his best friend outsmart the king’s trickiest subjects? Inspired by traditional Indian folktales, these stories are sure to delight.
Being a wise and just ruler is no easy task. That’s what Prince Veera discovers when he and his best friend, Suku, are given the opportunity to preside over the court of his father, King Bheema. Some of the subjects’ complaints are easily addressed, but others are much more challenging. How should they handle the case of the greedy merchant who wishes to charge people for enjoying the smells of his sweets? And can they prove that an innocent man cannot possibly spread bad luck? Will Prince Veera and Suku be able to settle the dispute between a man and his neighbor to whom he sells a well — but not the water in it? Or solve the mystery of the jewels that have turned into pickles? Illustrated throughout by Uma Krishnaswamy, these eight original tales by Chitra Soundar task Veera and Suku with outwitting the kingdom’s greediest, wiliest subjects. Are the two clever boys up to the challenge?