Published By: Anjana Publishing
Story: Bhakti Mathur
Illustrations: Maulshree Somani
Prince Rama, the oldest, was loved by all –
His virtues knew no bounds.
Kind, wise and brave, a warrior
Unmatched on the battleground.
In a Sentence: Ramayan, from Rama’s coronation until his return to Ayodhya from exile.
Book Blurb: The Story of Rama, the righteous prince,
Written ages ago by the poet Valmiki.
This is Ramayana – an ancient, epic poem,
As told by Amma to Klaka and Kiki.
Beloved prince of Ayodhya, next in line to be king;
Banished to the forest at his stepmother’s behest.
Waged a war with the demon Ravana to rescue his wife
Helped by an army of monkeys in his quest.
What Works For This Book: I am always a little iffy about mythological tales and about stories set in verse that are made to rhyme without much attention to rhythm or meter, but the only reason I picked up this illustrated story book for Snuggles is Maulshree’s illustrations! The pages are splashed with colours, there’s loads of playfulness in the spreads (even when people are shown crying!), and some interesting texturing at places (look at the boats and the mats and Ravana’s flowing tresses J ). The eyes of every character in the book down to the last monkey in the Vaanar Sena is riveting.
The only other place I’ve come across incredibly endearing deities was in Sanjay Patel’s The Little Book of Hindu Deities.
The other books in this series: Amma, Tell Me About Holi!, Amma, Tell Me About Diwali! and Amma, Tell Me About Krishna!
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