Indian folklore comes alive in this slightly suspenseful and delightfully humorous tale about a barber who is full of compassion and generosity and a bit light on the making enough money for shelter and food. His wife sends him one day insisting that he not come back until he has some money to show for his day's work. His compassion typically leads him down a path of being uncomfortable asking to be paid for his work.
Away from his familiar world the barber takes a nap under a tree and wakes to find himself confronting a hungry ghost who is imagining the barber as his next meal. A moment of fear quickly becomes an opportunity seized as the barber cleverly whips out his mirror and frightens the ghost with his own image.
This is a lovely, gentle tale set in Bengal. Makes a great read aloud for talking about being kind to others and taking care of yourself too! And the ghosts give it the edge that keeps the wiggly listeners waiting for more.
32 pages Ages 5-9 978-0874838350
Recommended by: Barb