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Myths And Legends From Around The World Paperback – 10 October 2020
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- Publisher : Rupa Publications India (10 October 2020); Rupa Pub 7/16 Ansari Road-110002
- Language : English
- Paperback : 152 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9389967694
- ISBN-13 : 978-9389967692
- Reading age : 6 - 16 years
- Item Weight : 222 g
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 0.97 x 19.8 cm
- Country of Origin : India
- Importer : Rupa Pub 7/16 Ansari Road-110002
- Packer : Rupa Pub 7/16 Ansari Road-110002
- Generic Name : Book
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Author: Sowmya Rajendran
Sometimes being a dimwit or a child lost in the past times is what I love to become. And this is entirely possible when I read children's books. This might look funny, but the reason for reading the young people's literature has two advantages. One is it helps me forget the reality for a small amount of and second is to understand how the books enhance a kid's mind and thoughts.
When I first started reading this book, I did not realise the magic it is going to do. The first story in the book How Nu Wa created the world?, from China blew my mind. The vivid description, the intrinsic detailing and the narration caught my attention. Since the lockdown, I have been reading excellent books, but deep down in mind, there is some unknown pressure due to the ongoing events in and around the world. Being a book from the children literature, this book has hugged me with its fantastic stories and warmth.
The book has twenty-two stories that belong to different places, and these are categorised into three. One being the Creation, second is Conflict, and the third category is Churning. The story mentioned above from China falls under category one. Another story from the Churning category, which I liked is - 'Andal', an Indian story.
How good is the author's writing style
Author Sowmya is known for engaging narration and accessible language in her books. Her previous books have been reachable to the young readers for attractive writing skills. In this book also, she has given the readers an ala-carte of short stories from all over the world. A consistent way of presenting good stories to the young minds is her strength, and in this book, which happens to be my second book of hers, her writing stays atop.
How entertaining is the book?
This book by Sowmya is basically targetted towards children and young kids who always come with questions like how did the world start, who created the world or how did humans come onto the earth. This is an example of how the author has shared with her readers with many stories and tales that run on the myths across the world. I myself have found some stories absolutely stunning and interesting, which I admit I am unaware of.
There is information, there is wow factor, and there is knowledge in the stories. The stories are all around the world, which makes the book more interesting. All such points intersect and thus make the book ' entertaining'.
Informative, interesting and fascinating book!
A compilation of 22 stories from across the world, Myths and Legends comprises the stories on creation, conflict and churning. Right from answering the questions about the creation of the world, Hermaphroditus or the stripes on the zebra, to answering the questions about the tumultuous quest to achieve a goal like how Thor got his hammer back, the stories are varied yet the strong and intelligent narrative binds the attention so well! Most of the stories we know. But reading them again only gives pleasure! Since I am not a big fan of mythology, this abridged version of the tales suited my interest. I enjoyed the short pieces and could remember more!
Brilliant writing style backed by an exemplary selection of stories makes this book a hit for me. Hence, you shouldn’t miss this one!
The very first impression of the book cover was that of Maa Bahuchara & her sister deities. I am not sure whether your guys know it or not, but in southern Gujarat, many goddess shrines & temples have similar decoration to the one in cover design.
The book contains a little over 20 short stories, from different cultures and civilizations. Even theme of the stories is also divided into three parts just like of Hindu belief of creation, organization, and destruction. You will find stories based on deities and animals. I read one story per day to my kid for the last month and he enjoyed it.
The language is easy for kids. The story length is also aa per child's interest not too long not too short. If parents read it to a child it will take roughly 10-15 minutes which is adequate for them to get sleepy with a nice story.
I love it and currently second round is going on with some of the favorites of my child.
The book deserves 4.5 out of 5.