Celebrated worldwide by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, Diwali is also known as the Festival of Lights and is celebrated over five days. Marking the triumph of good over evil, the most popular Diwali legend tells of how Lord Rama and his wife, Sita, return hom after 14 years in exile and people put out little lamps-divas- to light the couple's way home..
This epic tale is re-told by Sally Pomme Clayton in 'Rama and Sita Path of Flames'. Written in the rich language of a story-teller, the author brings this ancient tale to life.
The fire burned brightly. The flames licked at Sita's dress, crackled aroun dher bare feet and swept up her body. Fire engulfed her, but the flames did not touch her, the flames did not burn her.
The fire began to glitter and dance...
At the end of the book, there is further information about the story and its origins and versions which the author drew on for inspiration.
The illustrations are bright and colourful cut-outs laid out on each spread, almost like puppets acting out each scene.
Great for use in school or at home, Rama and Sita Path of Flames is a great read, particulalry at this time of year!
HAPPY DIWALI, EVERYONE!
Rama and Sita Path of Flamesretold by Sally Pomme Clayton,
illustrated by Sophie Herxheimer
Frances Lincoln Children's Books ISBN: 978-1845076726