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Grade 3-6-"Listen now while I tell you a tale of a time long past when the world was menaced by a ten-headed beast whom the gods could not control." Such is the dramatic beginning of this excellent retelling of a portion of the ancient Indian epic, the Ramayana. This version takes the unusual perspective of Hanuman, military leader of the monkey clan. The tale opens when he is an impish young monkey, daring to fly to the sun. During his flight, he becomes distracted and falls, thus earning his name, which means "broken chin," and the elder monkeys pray he forgets his magical powers. Years later, when the evil, 10-headed creature Ravana steals Rama's beloved wife, Sita, the monkey is deeply moved by the young prince's broken heart. His clan joins forces with Rama to confront Ravana. Now Hanuman must remember the incredible powers of his youth for they are crucial in the climactic battle. The narrative has a storytelling quality and an appropriately epic tone. Masterful oil paintings illustrate the text; they are charming when depicting the mischievous young Hanuman and powerful and striking when portraying scenes of danger and battle. Jessica Souhami's Rama and the Demon King (DK, 1997) is aimed at a younger audience. Older readers may enjoy Lloyd Alexander's The Iron Ring (Dutton, 1997), which was inspired by this tale. A welcome addition to all collections.
Robin L. Gibson, Muskingum County Library System, Zanesville, OH
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Masterful oil paintings illustrate the text; they are charming when depicting the mischievous young Hanuman and powerful and striking when portraying scenes of danger and battle.... [A] welcome addition to all collections. School Library Journal[A]s engaging and imaginative as any current action-adventure tale. Chicago Parent --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
A good recounting of Hanuman, especially for non-Hindu, non-Indian Westerners.Published 10 months ago by Doug Wormer
A good littelretelling of the hanuman story, with nice pictures. My kids really enjoyed it.Published 12 months ago by Alex G. Dulude
The book is tiny, but the story contained in it is of a huge strength! I simply loved readig about Hanuman's life and qualities.Published on September 5, 2013 by Jocely de Deus Pinheiro
This book has wonderful pictures, but it is too small. I wish they made a version of this 4 times as big. Read morePublished on November 3, 2012 by M. Rossman
A brief but brilliant reminder of the courage and triumphs of this most beloved and highly revered deity. Beautifully written with inspiring and mesmerizing illustrations.Published on September 13, 2010 by CarolH24
I was a bit surprised when we received Hanuman. The information provided is a bit contradictory - the publisher's info say age range 4-8 (pre-K to 3rd grade), but the review is... Read morePublished on December 13, 2008 by A4Q96
Its a good book but a bit lenghty. I bought it for my 5yr old daughter, she does like to read it but you can tell that after a while she loses focus or does not understand what is... Read morePublished on January 2, 2008 by Nanibee