A collection of tales adapted from The Legend of Ponnivala, especially for young readers, these delightful stories help introduce young people to one of South India’s greatest epics. Presented as fairy tales and fables, these short excerpts and original character stories are fun, easy to follow, and engagingly illustrated with artwork drawn from the animated series.
The King’s Contest:
The land of Vellivala falls under a terrible drought, and the nine farmer brothers who live there visit the Chola King in search of help. They’re granted the land of Ponnivala for all their hard work, but the artisans who live there don’t want to give it up. Can Lord Vishnu help the Chola King decide who should keep the land?
A Prince for Ponnivala:
The kingdom of Ponnivala is flourishing, but the king and queen have never had any children, and they are very sad. Is this their fate, or will their greatest wish come true?
The Best Boar You Can Be:
In this original fable based on characters from The Legend of Ponnivala, Baby Komban finds out that even though he’s different from the other animals and people in Ponnivala, he’s still pretty good at being what he is.
A Forest Wedding:
An orphan boy grows up in the service of a wealthy farming family. When he falls in love with their young sister, there is little he can do...until his true identity is revealed to him by a magical friend. Can this young couple convince her family that he is her rightful husband, and claim the throne of Ponnivala?
The Farmer King:
Kunnutaiya Gounder has spent many years away from his home country of Ponnivala. Although he is the rightful king, his uncles will do everything they can to stop him from claiming the throne. Will one tiny, rocky field be enough for Kunnutaiya and Tamarai to grow a fine crop and rebuild the family palace?