Farmer Falgu always stops to lend a hand, and this story is a gentle reminder that nice guys don't always finish last. Kanika Nair's striking illustrations capture the colorful chaos and celebration that the Kumbh Mela is, in this charming and thoughtful tale written by award-winning children's book author Chitra Soundar. Contains a note on the festival for cultural context.
The vibrant illustrations, full of colour and life, offer the reader a glimpse of the everyday life of those who live in India. The simple plots offer lots of opportunities for joining in and for adding musical accompaniments whilst showing us the best qualities of this gentle man... [I] really look forward to seeing where Farmer Falgu’s adventures will take him next! ~North Somerset Teachers' Book Award
An enchanting story about a lesser known Indian celebration- Kumbh Mela. Children will love the fun sounds and the series of unfortunate events that happen to Farmer Falgu. However, kids will learn the value in helping others and maintaining a positive attitude with this book. ~Vinh Tran, School Librarian, Louisiana
Farmer Falgu Goes to the Kumbh Mela is an endearing story of how missed opportunities due to selfless acts of kindness often leads to major opportunities. ~Backpack Full of Books
I love that the good hearted farmer once again shows that kindness is its own reward. The simple story is complemented by vivid, warm, deeply colored illustrations. Text appears in different colors and sizes, emphasizing the onomatopoeia and sensory experiences of Farmer Falgu. I appreciate the note at the end which explains the significance of Kumbh Mela and explains the Hindi words in the text. ~Youth Services Book Review
In Farmer Falgu Goes to the Kumbh Mela, Falgu sets on a journey to visit the Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad with advice from friends and family to witness the sadhu procession, the elephant parade, and to take a dip in the holy river. Falgu, excited to explore all aspects of the Mela finds himself missing out on the very highlights he was there for, while trying to help out people in need. Farmer Falgu is however rewarded for all his good deeds by a series of chance happenings and is able to experience all the moments of the Mela he craved for, concluding his trip with meeting a friend who shares sumptuous Jalebis and Lassi.
Understated yet well-defined, Farmer Falgu’s heart of gold and sweet temper always come shining through, throughout the series. The onomatopoeic sounds, Chalang, Chalang for his dip in the river, Clang-Clang for procession of Sadhus, DHADAM! for a fall, prove to be powerful enhancements to Soundar and Naik’s warm and vivid pallet.
Soundar and Naik’s captivating chronicles and vivacious portrayals transport the reader to intended destinations rather seamlessly. The ultimate message that kindness and patience find their own rewards is subtle yet substantial. Concluding with descriptions about the said festivals, be it Kites or the Kumbh Mela, adds value to the reader. I do however believe that these descriptions would have enhanced the reading experience if they had been incorporated into the plot. ~NRI Pulse
“The book follows a clear structure and has repetitive phrases that will appeal to young readers, making it a perfect introduction to this lesser known festival. The illustrations are full of vibrant colours and bold designs and I love the simple way the illustrator shows facial expression and character.” ~Right From The Start
- South Asia Book Awards' Highly Commended Books list 2019
- Listed in the CBC Best Children's Book of the Year - 2019 Edition