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Savitri: A Tale of Ancient India

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The profoundly moving story of Savitri, one of the best-loved of India, appears in the Hindu national epic, The Mahabharata. Shepherd's dramatic retelling is exquisitely illuminated by Rosenberry's artwork. The artist has painstakingly brought back to life a legendary world. Full color.
Hardcover, 1 page
Published March 1st 1992 by Albert Whitman & Company
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A well-known and -loved Indian tale adapted from The Mahabharata, which is explained in a historical note from the author as India’s greatest national epic, Savitri tells of a princess who selects a worthy and virtuous man to marry, despite a prophesy that he will die in a year. When that day comes, Savitri matches wits with Yama, the god of death, to restore her father-in-law’s sight and kingdom, ensure more children for her father, and ultimately return her husband’s life and soul. Readers gra ...more
I learned that Yama is the god of death and Savitri is the goddess of the sun. I liked it so much because the princess in the book is actually very witting, and it's hard to find a story like this where the princess saves the prince instead of the classic history thing where the prince saved the princess.
This is a tale found in The Mahabharata, which is like the Old Testament for Hindus. It is a wonderful enthralling story and my girls asked for it over and over.
Age: 6-10 years

The artwork's not the best but the story consists of dedication and perseverance against the odds to save a loved one.
An Indian tale about a woman named Savitri who tries to trick Yama the God of death into giving her husband back his life.

We checked this out from the library to go along w/ our study of Medieval India. Very well told and beautiful illustrations.
A wise and devout princess saves her unfortunate husband from death in this tale from the Mahabharata.
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