In King Bheema's kingdom, his subjects can bring their troubles to court and ask the king for help. Whatever the need - poverty, theft, greed, misunderstanding - the king would hear each case and render a decision. When Prince Veera learned that his father had to travel, he offered to hold court. He and Suku regularly listened to the proceedings and believed they were capable! King Bheema agreed, allowing the boys only to handle "simple cases." Prince Veena and Suku quickly learned that simple was not the same as easy!
This is a delightful collection of trickster tales, expertly woven together through the adventures of two boys who, despite their different backgrounds, are best of friends. Prince Veera and Suku are fun engaging characters. They have a natural give-and-take in their relationship that kids can understand, yet also be in awe of given that Veera is royalty and Suku comes from the poor side of town.
Each story stands as its own chapter. Readers have the option of picking any story (based on title or illustrations that catch their eye) or starting at the beginning. To appreciate the friendship, definitely read the stories in order. Highly recommend this book for your home library. It is excellent for reading aloud with young children at bedtime or sharing the reading with third and fourth graders not quite ready for non-illustrated chapter books.
There is something for everyone in this collection of fables and short stories. Mangoes, Mischief and Tales of Friendship can be enjoyed as an episodic chapter book or singular stories. Young readers are sure to be curious about Indian culture and wish they could be friends with Prince Veera and Suku.
Eight Indian folktales are tied together by the friendship of two boys.
Throughout the story, Prince Veera and Suku describe foods and activities common in Indian culture. Here are a few to get you started: Gilli-danda (game), mango pickles, laddu (sweets). The Internet makes it easy to learn more about these things and, in the case of food items, the chance to taste them at a local eatery.
9 and Up
8 and Up
Buy. This collection of stories are perfect for reading aloud and 'comfortable' enough for transitional readers to enjoy on their own.
|Title||Mangoes, Mischief, and Tales of Friendship: Stories from India|
|Publisher||Candlewick Press, Walker Books Group © 2019|
|Genres||Fables and Folklore, Friendship, Short Stories, Mythology, Asia | Asian People|