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Riddles in Nepal

Riddles in Nepal

I found a story about  riddles in Nepal and Village Eating Stories.  It captures the fact that so many of the riddles are not translatable into English. And now I know why I couldn’t answer the ones we heard in Laurie Lalish’s ELL class in Laconia! Do you have a riddle?

The book is here–time to celebrate!

The book is here–time to celebrate!

NH Humanities Council celebrates publication of English-Nepali picture book with a public Folktale Festival on August 17  MANCHESTER – Join the NH Humanities Council to celebrate the launch of a newly-published Nepali-English picture book at a Folktale Festival on Friday, August 17 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center at 151 Douglas Street … Continue reading

Listening is Golden

Listening is Golden

When I first heard about the Bhutanese-Nepali book project and The Story of a Pumpkin, I was thrilled to be asked to help with the blog. Little did I know that one month later, I would be teaching a beginnning English class to Bhutanese adults at the International Institute in Manchester. So, it made perfect … Continue reading

The Pumpkin Rolls Home to Hobblebush

The Pumpkin Rolls Home to Hobblebush

Sid Hall at Hobblebush Press in Brookline, NH is shepherding the book through the printing process.  He met with the designer, Susan Gaylord, and me to look at the book’s design and guide us in steps to prepare the book for the printer. Here’s a student’s drawing of a Mali cow with patches of black … Continue reading

Artists Tap Into Their Memories

Artists Tap Into Their Memories

This week, I visited Johanna Young’s class in Concord. Her 35 adult students are from Bhutan. We came to get their help with spot illustrations to complete a bilingual Nepali English folktale. Ambika Sharma, our interpreter, read the story in Nepali and from the story we created a list of words – parts of the … Continue reading

Yellow Garlands and Preeti Files

Yellow Garlands and Preeti Files

Selling Fruit and Garlands for the Diwali Festival by John Pavelka/Creative Commons Narad Adhikari listened to the storyteller Hari Tiwari on tape as she told The Story of a Pumpkin, the story we selected in our Bhutanese-Nepali folktale project. He read the tale interpreted into English by Nilhari Bandari, which I had transcribed. Then he composed the story in Nepali … Continue reading

The Next Life of a Wedding Sari

The Next Life of a Wedding Sari

Storyteller Hari Tiwari and Ambika talk about the design in Ambika’s sari Hoo – ray to artist Susan Gaylord who’s joined Dal Rai, Hari and Ambika Sharma, me, and many others in the NH Humanities Council Bhutanese-Nepali Book Project. Susan is now the book designer. She created a  book dummy with the text of The Story of … Continue reading

Book Arts Tuesday/Bhutanese-Nepali Folktale Project

Book Arts Tuesday/Bhutanese-Nepali Folktale Project

I am thrilled to be working on the Bhutanese-Nepali Folktale Project, which is part of the The New Hampshire Humanities Council statewide literacy initiative called Connections. The project’s goals are: to create a bilingual picture book that supports English language acquisition of new Americans from Bhutan, to preserve a traditional tale in the mother tongue, and to … Continue reading