Classic, Timeless Fables for Clever, Curious Readers


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! 

Parent Perspective:
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.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

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.

Content Awareness Factors:


Type of Book:
Eight Indian folktales are tied together by the friendship of two boys.
Educational Themes:

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.


Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
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
Author Chitra Soundar
Publisher Candlewick Press, Walker Books Group © 2019
Illustrators Uma Krishnaswamy
ISBN 9781536200676
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Fable | Folklore, Friendship, Short Stories, Mythology, Asia | Asian People
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