The story begins with Lord Vishnu and Laxmi flying over the Earth on Garuda. Seeing the earth beings in distress Vishnu and Laxmi decide to take human form to destroy evil.
Thus began the tales of King Dasrath & King Janak moving in parallel. The prayers and subsequent miracles helped both Kings to have children- King Dasrath was the chosen one to become the father of Lord Rama and King Janak the father of Devi Sita.
The two eventually get married and in a twist of fate are sent to the forest where Demon King Ravana kidnaps Sita.
In the ensuing battle Rama destroys Ravana and wins back Sita.
Beautifully illustrated in Madhubani style drawings, this book brings alive the entire Ramayana in a 62 page picture book. The imagery conjured via the tale is vivid and one is compelled to pause and imagine the entire scenario while reading. The writing is simple and children can read and follow quite easily.
This book is meant to be read in multiple sittings with children rather than all in one go.
A must buy for young and old readers.
Title- Rama and Sita- path of flames
Author- Sally Pomme Clayton
Illustrator- Sophie Herxheimer
Price- Rs 225
Publisher- Frances Lincoln (courtesy Panmacmillan)