The story of Divaali / retold by Jatinder Verma ; illustrated by Nilesh Mistry.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: Retells the Hindu tale of a heroic prince and his bride who are separated by the demon prince Ravana until the Monkey Army of Hanuman, god of the wind, helps them. Includes facts about Divaali, the festival celebrating Rāma and Sītā's return to their kingdom.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references and index.
    • ISBN:
      1841489360 (alk. paper)
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    • ABNT:
      VERMA, J. N.; MISTRY, N.; VĀLMĪKI. The story of Divaali. [s. l.]: Barefoot Books, 2002. ISBN 1841489360. Disponível em: Acesso em: 5 abr. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Verma JN, Mistry N, Vālmīki. The Story of Divaali. Barefoot Books; 2002. Accessed April 5, 2020.
    • APA:
      Verma, J. N., Mistry, N., & Vālmīki. (2002). The story of Divaali. Barefoot Books.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Verma, Jatinder Nath, Nilesh Mistry, and Vālmīki. 2002. The Story of Divaali. Barefoot Books.
    • Harvard:
      Verma, J. N., Mistry, N. and Vālmīki (2002) The story of Divaali. Barefoot Books. Available at: (Accessed: 5 April 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Verma, JN, Mistry, N & Vālmīki 2002, The story of Divaali, Barefoot Books, viewed 5 April 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Verma, Jatinder Nath, et al. The Story of Divaali. Barefoot Books, 2002. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Verma, Jatinder Nath, Nilesh Mistry, and Vālmīki. The Story of Divaali. Barefoot Books, 2002.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Verma JN, Mistry N, Vālmīki. The story of Divaali [Internet]. Barefoot Books; 2002 [cited 2020 Apr 5]. Available from:


Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 January 2003

Gr. 1-3. Divaali, the Hindu festival of lights, is celebrated in modern India much as Christmas is here. This story comes from The Ramayana, and Verma's strong retelling is based on the versions told to him by his parents. The rich and complex tale of love and devotion includes a wicked stepmother, a devoted brother, a selfless princess, deception, filial piety, and patience. The god Vishnu sends Rama to be the prayed-for son of King Dashratha; Rama wins the hand of the Princess Sita by shooting a bow that he alone can handle. Adventure follows: the couple is banished, Sita is captured by a demon king and is rescued by Rama with the help of his brother and a monkey god. When Rama and Sita are restored to their kingdom, the people rejoice by lighting small oil lamps (diva) in all the windows, as if the stars had moved to earth. Gouache illustrations use blues, golds, and white: Vishnu and Rama are blue, as is traditional, and strong, sinuous lines enfold the colors in a glory of movement on the page. ((Reviewed January 1 & 15, 2003)) Copyright 2003 Booklist Reviews

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2003 Spring

In this complicated retelling about the traditional Hindu tale of the origin of Divaali, the Festival of Light, Prince Rama wins his wife, Sita; loses her to the Demon King Ravana; defeats Ravana; and assumes the throne with Sita as his queen. An author's note explains the holiday customs, and a list of characters (and how to pronounce their names) is provided. The gouache illustrations, while vibrant, verge on cartoonish. Copyright 2003 Horn Book Guide Reviews

PW Reviews 2002 September #2

Based on the Hindu epic The Ramayana and exploring the events celebrated during the festival of Divaali (in late October/early November), this handsomely designed volume addresses the dearth of attractive children's books about Hindu beliefs and celebrations. Unfortunately, Verma and Mistry may not make enough concessions to Western readers. The relatively lengthy narrative recalls an oral tradition ("In the beginning, long ago, long before you were born") and the pacing presumes some familiarity; readers new to the culture may have a hard time keeping up with the rapid procession of protagonists, especially because they enter the story with little characterization. References (e.g., to "Shiva the Destroyer") go unexplained. Mistry's (Tales from the Silk Road) airy, detailed gouaches, inventively laid out to punctuate the text, may likewise raise questions (Why is Rama blue?). An endnote describes the contemporary Indian celebration of the holiday. Ages 8-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.