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Title:
Mangoes, mischief, and tales of friendship : stories from India
ISBN:
9781536200676
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Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2019.
Physical Description:
179 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
Originally published as two separate books in 2010 and 2016.
Contents:
Book one: A dollop of ghee and a pot of wisdom. Prince Veera's first case ; Who stole the Laddus? ; The case of the greedy moneylender ; The unfortunate case -- Book two: A jar of pickles and a pinch of justice. All's well with mango pickles ; Freezing lakes and missing crows ; What's fair? -- Gray elephants and five fools.
Summary:
In these tales inspired by traditional Indian folktales, Prince Veera and his best friend Suku are given the opportunity to preside over the court of his father, King Bheema. Some of the subjects' complaints are easy to address, but others are much more challenging. How should they handle the case of the merchant who wants to charge people for enjoying the smells of his sweets? Or settle the dispute between a man who sells a well to a neighbor, but not the water inside? Or solve the mystery of the jewels that have turned into pickles? These eight tales show how Veera and Suku outwit the kingdom's greediest, wiliest subjects.
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Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.4 3 198962.
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Can Prince Veera and his best friend outsmart the king's trickiest subjects? Inspired by traditional Indian folktales, these stories are sure to delight.

Being a wise and just ruler is no easy task. That's what Prince Veera discovers when he and his best friend, Suku, are given the opportunity to preside over the court of his father, King Bheema. Some of the subjects' complaints are easily addressed, but others are much more challenging. How should they handle the case of the greedy merchant who wishes to charge people for enjoying the smells of his sweets? And can they prove that an innocent man cannot possibly spread bad luck? Will Prince Veera and Suku be able to settle the dispute between a man and his neighbor to whom he sells a well -- but not the water in it? Or solve the mystery of the jewels that have turned into pickles? Illustrated throughout by Uma Krishnaswamy, these eight original tales by Chitra Soundar task Veera and Suku with outwitting the kingdom's greediest, wiliest subjects. Are the two clever boys up to the challenge?


Author Notes

Chitra Soundar is originally from India, where as a child she feasted on folktales and stories from Hindu mythology. She is the author of the picture book Pattan's Pumpkin: A Traditional Flood Story from Southern India, illustrated by Frané Lessac. Chitra Soundar lives in London.

Uma Krishnaswamy has always loved folk traditions of her native India and other cultures for their richness and vibrancy of color, form, and perspective. She teaches visual studies and lives in Chennai, India.


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Booklist Review

When King Bheema falls ill one day, Prince Veera and his friend Suku decide to hold court in his absence. They have, after all, been watching and learning from the sidelines. Prince Veera is a playful sort, better with a joke and a trick than with solving the villagers' problems. Fortunately, Suku's wisdom and sense of fairness compensate. Together they dole out justice to a greedy confectioner who wants to charge a poor man for smelling his desserts; outwit a thief; teach a moneylender a lesson about humanity; and more. These original tales are folkloric in style and content, but refreshingly contemporary in tone and form. The messages are of kindness and compassion, and for speaking up when things are unfair. Veera is sometimes cheeky, and his father has a sense of humor. Suku is lower in social rank but holds his own among royalty with poise and confidence. Similarly, the illustrations balance traditional Indian art forms with cartoonlike gestures that will make readers smile.--Amina Chaudhri Copyright 2019 Booklist