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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good, concise collection of ancient Hindu tales, 5 Dec 2001
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This review is from: Seasons of Splendour: Tales, Myths and Legends of India (Paperback)
Multi-talented Madhur Jaffrey has provided those of us who know little of Indian mythology with a straightforward, concise (very) version of ancient Hindu tales. It is easy to read, especially for children - my 9 year old daughter has been enjoying it for two years or so - and is a good starter for anyone interested in India. Not all Indians might agree with every word written in the book, but then not every scholarly book has exactly the same version anyway. If your interest is of an academic kind, you won't learn anything new, but it is an enjoyable introduction to such epics as the Ramayana, Mahabharata and so on, and includes rosy memories of Ms Jaffrey's childhood between each chapter.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book of splendour, 7 May 2007
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B. Yagnik "bigreenblob" (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Seasons of Splendour: Tales, Myths and Legends of India (Paperback)
True to its title, 'Seasons of Splendour' brings readers a taste of the colourful myths and folktales of the subcontinent in their most glorious, imaginative form.

I read this book when I was a pre-teen, but its appeal spreads much further than a child audience thanks to the subtle messages embedded within the texts - humility, compassion and the strength of family. Whether you are familiar with the stories, having heard them from your grandmother after dinner (as my sister and I have) or are encountering them for the first time, Madhur's accomodating narration draws readers into the sense of a land far far away; one in which you marvel at the love of the sister who sacrifices her street cred for the life of her younger brother (unbeknownst to him), and the wonderful re-working of the age-old story of how Lord Ganesh got his elephant head, and the more-than-famous story of Lord Ram and demon Ravan.

Adults: read this book to glimpse visions of India from days long gone by. Youngsters - read this to experience the skill of marvellous story-teller Madhur Jaffrey.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely collection of Indian myths and legends, 29 Mar 2010
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Jennifer Malsingh (Bristol, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Seasons of Splendour: Tales, Myths and Legends of India (Paperback)
I love India, and I also love myths, so this book was a really winner for me. I have always been a fan of the way that Madhur Jaffrey weaves personal anecdotes and cultural traditions into her cookbooks, so it was great to read a book of hers that was just about these things.

The stories are well told and easy to read. I think that young children would love to hear them at storytime, and older children will enjoy reading them on their own. And of course, older people (such as myself) who have an interest in India will also enjoy reading them, as they are not so childish as to have an age limit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seasons of Splendour: Tales, Myths and Legends of India, 30 July 2010
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This book was a childhood favourite of mine, so it was great to find it again. It was the book that first sparked my fascination with Indian culture, and even ten years later I can still understand why.

It is written from an adult's perspective, but with all the enthusiasm of a child, and the stories are quite simply told yet still very engaging.

I imagine it would be perfect for bedtime or break-time stories, as it is laid out as one story per chapter.

Even though it is a children's book, the stories are told in such a friendly, enthusiastic tone that it doesn't feel in the least condescending, even reading it again as an adult.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a book for any child's library, 31 July 2008
This review is from: Seasons of Splendour (Paperback)
This is a beautiful book. I shared it with many children - who loved the expressive storytelling and wonderful illustrations. In common with many foreign folktales some just don't capture the 'british' imagination as much as others which is the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars- but this is worth buying for it's version of the Ramayana alone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for KS2 illustrating lots of techniques they learn about, 24 April 2013
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I'm a children's tutor and this is one of the books I use to get children reading.

Vivid descriptions.
I encourage children to reread their favourite sections and this helps their own writing style to improve.
Captivating for both children and adults.

Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Seasons of Splendour, 23 Aug 2010
This review is from: Seasons of Splendour: Tales, Myths and Legends of India (Paperback)
i spent a delightfull moment discovering the stories enclosed in this book. The plus of this book is to replace the stories within the context of the major hindi festivals
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