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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: August House (December 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874838355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874838350
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.4 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,862,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kindergarten-Grade 3—A fluid retelling of a traditional folktale. A good-hearted barber, who sets up his business under a tree "in a small village in Bengal," does not like to charge customers who are down on their luck. His angry wife finally tells him not to return home without money. He goes to the next village and spends the night under a tree, where he encounters a ghost who threatens to eat him. The barber holds up a mirror and scares the ghost into bringing him a pot of gold and building a house filled with rice. When the ghost's uncle appears, the clever barber manages to frighten him with the same trick and ends up with a second building filled with rice and more gold. At the end, the man is back under his village tree with enough riches to share, surrounded by people who tell him stories while he trims their beards or cuts their hair. Digitally created illustrations in solid colors are printed on fabric, lending texture and depth to the artwork. The ghosts' whimsical facial expressions effectively show their gullibility, and the background colors shine through their bodies to emphasize their ethereal nature. However, the depiction of a generic Indian background in the outdoor scenes misses the opportunity to showcase Bengal-specific details of setting or clothes. A background note includes sources.—Monika Schroeder, American Embassy School Library, New Delhi, India
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yana V. Rodgers on August 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A young barber from a small Bengali village enjoyed his trade and delighted in the stories shared by his customers. However, much to his wife's chagrin, he could not bear to take payment from those with sad tales. Frustrated with the constant lack of money, she threw the barber out and told him not to return until he could guarantee the food security of his own family. That evening, the barber rested under a large banyan tree, only to be woken by a hideous ghost who threatened to eat him. The clever barber managed to use his quick thinking and barber's tool kit to trick the ghost into sparing his life and eliminating his financial burdens at the same time.

Children and adults alike will appreciate this splendid adaptation of an old Bengali folk-tale. The unique, colorful illustrations serve as a magnificent back-drop to a witty story about generosity, financial needs, and resourcefulness. The Ghost Catcher uses a most satisfying blend of excitement and fun to convey its serious message about responding to people's needs.
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By Madhu Sengupta on January 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I came across this book at our local library - what a gem! The story is fun and the illustrations and beautiful and engaging for kids. A little bit of Bengal in our hearts.
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