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A sliver of moon and a shard of truth : stories from India / Chitra Soundar ; illustrated by Uma Krishnaswamy.

Soundar, Chitra, (author.). Uma Krishnaswamy, (illustrator.).


Four wry new trickster tales from the creators of Mangoes, Mischief, and Tales of Friendship draw on Hindu mythology and the rich tradition of Indian folktales. Clever Prince Veera and his best friend, Suku, are back in a vibrant new collection of stories riddled with surprises. When the prince's great uncle, Raja Apoorva, invites the boys to the summer festival in Peetalpur, Prince Veera and Suku are excited to compete in the games. It's no easy feat to make the peahen sing (when peahens can't sing) or defeat the country's champion wrestler, but Raja Apoorva's riddles prove the ultimate test of the boys' wit and wisdom. Who owns the tree that provides the palace figs? What intruder dared pull the Raja's beard? And what are the secrets of the holy man and the astronomer? Packed with glorious trickster tradition, wise-cracking dialogue, and gemlike illustrations, these festive tales of two fast-thinking friends will captivate readers of all ages.

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  • ISBN: 9781536225150 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 1536225150 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 97 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First US edition.
  • Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2022

Content descriptions

General Note:
First published by Walker Books (UK) in 2021.
Formatted Contents Note:
Festivals are fun -- Families do quarrel -- No figs for an unholy saint -- An improbable dream.
Target Audience Note:
006-009. Candlewick Press.
Subject: Tales > India > Fiction.
Folklore > India > Fiction.
Princes > India > Fiction.
Hindu mythology > Fiction.
Genre: Folk tales.

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at Kenton County.


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