Ramayana (Real Reads)

Ramayana (Real Reads)

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by Valmiki, Prema Jayakumar, K. R. Raji
     
 
Rama is the embodiment of righteousness, honor and valor – the perfect man and the ideal king of Kosala. Rama’s stepmother Kaikeyi longs to see her son Bharata crowned king, and persuades King Dasaratha that Rama, the rightful heir, should be sent into exile for fourteen years. Rama’s beautiful and devoted wife Sita, and Lakshmana his inseparable

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Rama is the embodiment of righteousness, honor and valor – the perfect man and the ideal king of Kosala. Rama’s stepmother Kaikeyi longs to see her son Bharata crowned king, and persuades King Dasaratha that Rama, the rightful heir, should be sent into exile for fourteen years. Rama’s beautiful and devoted wife Sita, and Lakshmana his inseparable half-brother, both choose to accompany him. Rama, Sita and Lakshmana live happily in the forest until the demon king Ravana is told by his sister that Sita is the most beautiful princess in the world. He decides to kidnap her, and lures her away to his kingdom in the south. Rama and Lakshmana must rescue Sita, and call on the great monkey army, led by the warrior Hanuman, to help them find her. Rama uses his time in exile to learn the true meaning of devotion and loyalty, but will the lessons earn him the reward he deserves?

Real Reads are accessible texts designed to support the literacy development of primary and lower secondary age children while introducing them to the riches of our international literary heritage. Each book is a retelling of a work of great literature from one of the world’s greatest cultures, fitted into a 64-page book, making classic stories, dramas and histories available to intelligent young readers as a bridge to the full texts, to language students wanting access to other cultures, and to adult readers who are unlikely ever to read the original versions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781906230302
Publisher:
Real Reads
Publication date:
09/15/2013
Series:
Real Reads Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
251,375
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
870L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

One of the best translators in India, PREMA JAYAKUMAR quit her job with a top bank in India to work on translations full time. Her latest translation, Wind from the Hills, was shortlisted for the Crossword Award 2008 and longlisted for the Golden Quill Award. Her translation of the famous Malayalam book Yakshi was picked by the BBC for their ‘Off the Bookshelf’, while her translation of Pandavapuram has inspired a Bengali movie. Apart from translations, she writes for periodicals and newspapers. Prema is also a Sanskrit scholar, with a passion for the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata.

K.R. RAJI is a professional painter. She studied Fine Arts at the National School of Arts, Manjeri, and has shown her work at many painting exhibitions. She has also participated in artists’ camps in Kerala and further afield.

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Ramayana (Real Reads) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
I confess – I was not familiar with Ramaya before receiving this book.  “Back in the day” in my Eurocentric curriculum, very little time was spent during elementary and secondary school on Asian literature.   So, a basic, illustrated adaptation of Valmiki's “Ramaya” was a blessing.  I could expose myself to this work during a plane flight – a SHORT plane flight, at that.  Of course, that strength is also the book's biggest weakness; so much material, depth, hidden meanings, subplots, etc. must be omitted in order to squeeze hundreds of pages into 64, including illustrations and follow-up!  The adaptor, Prema Jayakumar, recognizes this, and added a section documenting the major elements that were left out or tremendously shortened for this adaptation.   Given that the target age for this book is listed as 9 to 13, I wonder if some of the vocabulary might be a bit overwhelming for our younger readers.  On the other hand, perhaps I underestimate their abilities, and the word selection is spot-on for them.  (NOTE: Given that this book is at least in part about a newly-married couple, I would imagine that some of the trimming done by our adapter may have been in keeping with age restrictions for the targeted reader.  Not having read the original, I cannot say.) I certainly would recommend this book as an introduction to Indian literature, as long as the potential reader acknowledges that this is NOT meant to be a strict translation of the original work. RATING: 5 stars DISCLOSURE: I won this book in a random draw from the publisher.  There was an expressed hope for a review (and implied hope for a good one), but neither was a condition set or agreed to as a condition of receipt.