Rama and Sita: A Tale From Ancient Java

David R. Godine, 2002

David Weitzman’s Rama and Sita is a book that demands attention the moment you see it. A fifteen-second riffle through the pages tells you this is a work of wonderful illustration and masterful book making. It is as if intricate puppets, painted in bright colors and decorated in gold leaf, have been pressed onto the book’s white pages, letting the text flow around them. This is a book for folklorists [and] puppeteers, who take it as a simple fact of life that a few sticks and a scrap of leather can produce both gods and laughs.

Jerry Juhl in Puppetry Journal

The artistry in the illustrations and in the elegant, airy book design comes close to replicating a primary experience; no intermediary comes between readers and the dalang (storyteller) who brings Hindu literature to life. The epic of Prince Rama unfolds in tightly condensed form as non-stop adventure.

Publishers Weekly Starred Review(starred review)

The language of the telling of this classic tale is enough to have my six year old and nine year old coming back again and again. We’re buying a second copy for when the first one wears out.

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