SAVITRI: A Tale of Ancient India by Aaron--Adapt. Shepard

SAVITRI: A Tale of Ancient India

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A smooth retelling of a tale from The Mahabharata, ""India's great national epic,"" first transcribed about 2000 years ago after a long life in the oral tradition; an excellent note suggests that it ""arises from a time when...women [were] far more independent than later Indian culture allowed."" The wise and beautiful princess Savitra, seeking a husband of her own choice, selects the impoverished son of a conquered king, despite a prophecy that the son will die in just a year. When Yams (death) appears, she outwits him with a series of ingenious bargains in which she not only regains her beloved husband's life but restores her father-in-law's kingdom. Rosenberry's delicately drawn illustrations strike a good balance between bright, stylized scenes that recall Indian art and more realistically expressive characters that will appeal to a contemporary audience.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1992
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Whitman