Hanuman: Based on Valmiki's Ramayana

Hanuman: Based on Valmiki's Ramayana

by Li Ming, Joshua M. Greene
     
 

Hanuman, the monkey hero, once leapt all the way to the sun--but suffered dearly for it. Now all grown, he lends his long-forgotten powers to the cosmic battle to save Princess Sita from the foul demon king, Ravana. Full color.  See more details below

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Hanuman, the monkey hero, once leapt all the way to the sun--but suffered dearly for it. Now all grown, he lends his long-forgotten powers to the cosmic battle to save Princess Sita from the foul demon king, Ravana. Full color.

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Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Retelling the Hindu epic of Valmiki's Ramayana in the scant space afforded by a picture book is an ambitious enterprise. In fact, Jendreson and Greene have retold the tale with respect and attention to detail and nuance. There are lines that both arrest and move, as in the scene of the demon king Ravana's death, or the episode in which Hanuman sets fire to the city of Lanka. But there is still something problematic about this rendition. Perhaps it's the artwork, evoking Star Wars more than Hindu mythology. Or perhaps it's the fact that the sacred is glossed over, somehow, so Rama is only a prince instead of Vishnu incarnate. But most of all, it's the rush to tell a very complex story in very limited space. The effect is a bit like trying to present an entire opera in a 30-second sound bite!
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-"Listen now while I tell you a tale of a time long past when the world was menaced by a ten-headed beast whom the gods could not control." Such is the dramatic beginning of this excellent retelling of a portion of the ancient Indian epic, the Ramayana. This version takes the unusual perspective of Hanuman, military leader of the monkey clan. The tale opens when he is an impish young monkey, daring to fly to the sun. During his flight, he becomes distracted and falls, thus earning his name, which means "broken chin," and the elder monkeys pray he forgets his magical powers. Years later, when the evil, 10-headed creature Ravana steals Rama's beloved wife, Sita, the monkey is deeply moved by the young prince's broken heart. His clan joins forces with Rama to confront Ravana. Now Hanuman must remember the incredible powers of his youth for they are crucial in the climactic battle. The narrative has a storytelling quality and an appropriately epic tone. Masterful oil paintings illustrate the text; they are charming when depicting the mischievous young Hanuman and powerful and striking when portraying scenes of danger and battle. Jessica Souhami's Rama and the Demon King (DK, 1997) is aimed at a younger audience. Older readers may enjoy Lloyd Alexander's The Iron Ring (Dutton, 1997), which was inspired by this tale. A welcome addition to all collections.-Robin L. Gibson, Muskingum County Library System, Zanesville, OH

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ISBN-13:
9781883672782
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
11.85(w) x 9.67(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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