As we enter the festive season, it is indeed one of the best times to relive some of the ancient stories that have been a part of our heritage. In fact, the story of the Ramayana tends to be one of the most beloved epic tales! This new abridged picture book, titled Celebrate Diwali with Ramayana, written by Mahi Jay and illustrated by Ram Bhangad, (Wake Up Publication), brings the epic tale in an easily readable format.
The wonderful illustrations bring the epic alive, and this is really where the book scores. The vibrancy of the cover is the sign of what is to follow. Younger readers will delight in the self-explanatory illustrations, even as they are being read to. On closer look, you will see that the illustrations are vivid and also quite detailed. It is these small details that children will also appreciate. Older kids will find the content quite easy to read and understand, and the accompanying artwork will make the experience all the more enjoyable.
The book tells the story of the Ramayana in simple language and adheres closely to the original popular version, rather than attempting a retelling. The publishers mention in the introduction that one of the reasons for bringing the book to the modern readership is for children to imbibe some of the essential values that Ramayana stands for.
It’s a great festive read for presenting the story of the Ramayana to children in a short but comprehensive manner. The book is apt for the 3 plus age group, right up to slightly older children as well. Of course, this is also an apt festive gift and makes a great addition to a festive gift hamper!