Retells the Hindu tale of a heroic prince and his bride who are separated by the demon prince Ravana until the Monkey Army of Hanuman, god of the wind, helps them. Includes facts about Divaali, the festival celebrating Rāma and Sītā's return to their kingdom.
Having enjoyed Prince of Fire: The Story of Diwali, Verma and Mistry's other retelling of this story, which was presented in chapter-book form, I was eager to track down The Story of Divaali. It's been a little over a year since I read the former, but it struck me that The Story of Divaali - which was published first - was quite similar to its creator's subsequent chapter-book telling of this story. I wish I had Prince of Fire to hand, so that I could compare the two, but based on memory alone, I would say that the chapter-book was simply a slightly expanded version of this picture-book. The artwork is gorgeous in both - full of color, with a beautiful fairy-tale feeling that is very appealing - although I think I preferred seeing it on larger pages, as it was presented here. As I noted in my review of Prince of Fire, I have never read The Ramayana, but this retelling has reminded me that I would like to - perhaps the version of Tulsidas? However that may be, I'd recommend this one to picture-book readers interested in the mythological story behind Divali, or in children's retellings of The Ramayana.