Jayshree loves doing homework! But one day, instead of studying, she hears voices out in the garden and goes out to see who’s there. She meets a strange man called Kama. Poor Kama was made invisible by an angry Shiva once. Now that Jayshree can see him he shows her all the magic he can do - make butterflies appear, bees buzz, fill the garden with fragrant flowers. But then Yama appears, and he does not like playing at all! Yama believes only in working. Kama and Yama start fighting about who Jayshree will be friends with. Who do you think Jayshree will choose - the fun-loving, naughty Kama, or the stern, no-nonsense Yama?
Who made Kama disappear? Why is Yama always so serious? Will the two ever stop fighting?
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Adorable Story for All Children (and adults too!)
I am a fan of Devdutt Pattanaik's books in general (the audiobook recording of Jaya: Mahabharata for example is fantastic), and this children's book conveys the same fun, intelligent, and very informative spirit of his other books. The audio performance is also very good: the reader does different voices for the different characters (a little girl, Kama the god of love and Yama the god of death but actually the god of Dharma, duty).
Pattanaik weaves so many different Indian myths and folktales into this short little book. These are stories that would appeal to anyone!
My favorite is the story of the children who do nothing except what they are told! (Yes, as you can imagine, the parents end up being not very happy about that at all.)
Adult readers will enjoy this book as audio. For young readers, it would be important to get a printed copy of the book with the illustrations to help the children follow along while they listen to the book. I have a printed copy of the book, and the illustrations (by the author) are delightful.
- Laura Gibbs