Rama and the Demon Kingby Jessica Souhami, Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff
A rousing adventure of deceit, exile, and triumph, this ancient and exotic story tells of the banishment of brave prince Rama, who triumphed over the demons that dwelled in the forest. But his quiet, simple life was not to last--for far away, the ten-headed king of all the demons vowed to get his own revenge. Full color.
Brave and good prince Rama should be happyhe's the king's favorite son, his wife is dear, his brother is his best friend, and everybody loves himexcept his jealous stepmother. She arranges for Rama's exile to the dangerous, demon-ridden forest for 14 years. Wife and brother accompany Rama thence, and together the three establish peace and live a simple life. Enter Ravana, the ten-headed king of demons, who flies to India in his magic chariot to avenge his slain demons only to be instantly smitten with Rama's wife, Sita, whom he steals. The brothers search for Sita, enlisting the aid of Hanuman, the leader of the monkey army. In subsequent warfare the demons are defeated; Rama slays Ravana, is reunited with Sita, and returns to India, only to find that his father has died of grief. Rama is made king, ruling so wisely that the land becomes fruitful and free of evil. What sets this folktale apart from many others is the author's theatrical sense of timing; Souhami cues storytellers as to the inflections and pauses for suspense that will make this a story- hour favorite.
Meet the Author
Jessica Souhami studied at the Central School of Art and Design and went on to set up a travelling shadow puppet company, with music and a storyteller. She is internationally acclaimed for her folktale retellings, bringing some of the world's great stories to a young audience. Jessica lives in north London.
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