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About this book
Moyna Chitrakar • Samhita Arni
An American Library Association 2012 Notable Children's Book and a USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor Book
The Ramayana -- one of the great legends of ancient India -- is presented here in the form of a visually stunning and gripping graphic novel. Told from the perspective of the queen, Sita, it explores ideas of right vs. wrong, compassion, loyalty, trust, honor and the terrible price that war exacts from women, children, animals and the natural world.
After Sita, Rama and his brother are banished from their kingdom, Sita is captured by the arrogant King Ravana and imprisoned in a garden across the ocean. Ravana tries to convince Sita to be his wife, but she steadfastly refuses his advances. Eventually, Rama comes to her rescue with the help of the monkey Hanuman and his army, magic animals and gods. But Rama is unable to trust Sita and forces her to undergo an ordeal by fire to prove herself to be true and pure . . .
The Ramayana was first written in Sanskrit by the poet Valmiki around 300 B.C. It contains important Hindu teachings and has had great influence on Indian life and culture over the centuries.
About the Creators
Moyna Chitrakar is an artist and performer from the Patua scroll painting tradition. She is also the illustrator of the unique scroll book Tsunami, published by Tara Books.
Samhita Arni has been interested in Hindu mythology since she was a child. She has written The Mahabaharata: A Child's View, a version of another great Indian epic, which has been translated into seven languages and was named Book of the Month by the German Academy for Youth Literature and Media, and one of the Best Published Books of 2004 by the Spanish Ministry of Culture. It also won the Elsa Morante Literary Award (Department of Culture, Campania, Italy). Samhita has also written scripts for film and television and is currently working on a thriller based on The Ramayana.
Awards and Praise
- Commended 2012 USBBY Outstanding International Book, 2012
- Commended South Asia Book Award Honor Book, 2012
- Commended New York Times Best Seller, 2011
- Commended Texas Library Association 2012 Maverick Graphic Novel List Grades 9-12, 2011
- Commended ALA Notable Children's Books List, 2012