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Savitri: A Tale of Ancient India

Savitri: A Tale of Ancient India

by Vera Rosenberry (Illustrator), Judith Mathews (Editor), Aaron Shepard

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Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Shepard retells a story from the ancient Mahabharata, India's oldest epic, in which the princess, Savitri, risks her own life to bring her young husband back from death. Through prayer and fasting, she is able to pursue Yama, the Lord of Death until he grants her three wishes. Her wishes are so cleverly stated that by granting them, Yama practically guarantees that the husband will be revived. Delicate watercolor paintings depict the lyrical nature of the tale and show the dramatic intensity of Savitri's quest.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-- In this retelling of a story from The Mahabharata , beautiful and wise Savitri, the king's only child, goes in search of the perfect husband. She finds one in Satyavan, the dutiful son of a dispossessed and blind monarch, and overcomes her father's reluctance to let her marry a man who is both a pauper and soon to die (if prophesies are to be believed). She tricks Yama, the god of death who comes to claim Satyavan's soul, into restoring her father-in-law's kingdom and eyesight; granting more children to her own father; and relinquishing her husband's soul and life. The narration is fine, although not as stylish as Madhur Jaffrey's version in Seasons of Splendor (Puffin, 1991), but reads aloud very well. Ink-and-watercolor pictures are in imitation of Indian religious book illustrations and fully reinforce the action of the text, although Yama appears much milder than in other versions. Readers will enjoy the perspicacity and tenacity of this feisty heroine, be fascinated by the uniquely Indian cultural details, and revel in the authentic paintings. --John Philbrook, San Francisco Public Library

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Whitman, Albert & Company
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11.08(w) x 8.83(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
7 - 12 Years

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