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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite
Hindu Mythology Stories by Lakshmi Narayani is a guide for children to learn more about the Hindu culture and religion. After a thorough synopsis, the author shares several Hindu children’s stories that are important as a foundation for understanding Hindu beliefs and ties up the book with tales of contests.
Most of the stories represent a battle between good and evil, and the overview of the stories will give readers more insight into Hindu beliefs, as they discover the boons and curses dispensed by the mythological beings the author describes. The words are easily digestible for young ears and eyes, and some of the stories are truly fascinating. The author has done a beautiful job of summarizing the main points while making them appealing to young minds. The beautiful illustrations complement the text as the reader combs through the stories that apply to the images. Lakshmi Narayani knows how to keep a reader’s attention while also providing a wealth of information about Hindu mythology!
Some of the author’s comments were truly interesting, as there were mentions of previously made scientific discoveries that were evident in the depictions of certain accounts. I shared the book with my children, and they were engaged with the text, but I was also drawn into the descriptions Narayani constructed so easily. The author suggests the book adorn a child’s library, but many adult readers could benefit from the information, as well! I recommend Hindu Mythology Stories to readers who seek to gain a better understanding of Hindu mythology.