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Mangoes, Mischief, and Tales of Friendship: Stories from India

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Mangoes, Mischief, and Tales of Friendship: Stories from India

author: Chitra Soundar
illustrator: Uma Krishnaswamy

series name:
Chitra Soundar's Stories from India

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. How should they handle the case of the greedy merchant who wishes to charge people for enjoying the smells of his sweets? 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 by Uma Krishnaswamy, these eight stories from Chitra Soundar, inspired by Indian folktales, task Veera and Suku with outwitting the kingdom’s greediest, wiliest subjects. Are the two clever boys up to the challenge?

“Soundar’s energetic prose and wisecracking dialogue sparkle. . . . The adventures of Prince Veera and Suku will surely captivate.” —Shelf Awareness (starred review)
suggested retail price (U.S./CAN):
$6.99 / $0.00
1536221066 /  9781536221060
on sale date:
Fiction - First Chapter Book / EBook Bundle
age range:
6 yrs - 9 yrs
# of pages/size:
192 / N/A
grade range:
Grade 1 - Grade 4
Humorous Stories; People & Places; Short Stories; Fairy Tales & Folklore;
author’s comments:
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.
illustrator’s comments:
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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