The Five Fingered Family

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Retold by Shakta Kaur Khalsa
Illustrated by Siri-Kartar K. Khalsa
Full color picture book pages 31
Published by the Brookfield Reader

The Five Fingered Family, a tale of strength in unity, has been told, with many variations, in the Punjab region of Northern India for many years. In this book, the author has adapted it to speak to young children as well as older ones. The families have names that are significant e.g. Angulee in punjabi means “finger” and Lobha means “greed”. Papa Angulee and his family make up the five whose power lies in working together like fingers of a hand to outwit an ugly troll and gain the treasure. The book is lavishly illustrated in the rich, warm style of 18th century Indian art.

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