Mangoes, Mischief, and Tales of Friendship
Veera, a precocious Indian prince, and his best friend, the peasant boy Suku, are fascinated by the public hearings in the royal court in which Veera’s father, King Bheema, resolves disputes between the people of his kingdom. Confident in his own wisdom and maturity, Veera persuades King Bheema, who is preparing for a long journey away from home, to allow the young prince to preside over the court in his absence. In Chitra Soundar’s charming audiobook, Mangoes, Mischief, and Tales of Friendship: Stories from India, Veera and Suku soon realize that settling other people’s quarrels and solving other people’s problems is no easy task. Undaunted by the challenge, the two boys somehow manage to find just, imaginative, and often humorous solutions to the conflicts that are brought before them. Among the colorful characters they meet along the way are an unfortunate man who spreads bad luck wherever he goes, a wedding guest who is condemned to death for sneezing, and a flattering poet who almost makes a fool out of the king. Through his experiences in his father’s court, Veera is humbled by the realization of how little he really knows about the world around him and develops a sincere appreciation for the talents and contributions of people who live outside the royal household. Through its tall tales and humorous anecdotes, winsomely narrated by voice actor Vikas Adam, Mangoes, Mischief, and Tales of Friendship teaches young readers about the value of honesty, humility, and curiosity about the lives of others.
David Shirley ©2019 Parents’ Choice
David Shirley’s recent nonfiction titles include A History of Brooklyn Bridge Park and Fix It Leroy! His YA biographies, Every Day I Sing the Blues: The Story of B. B. King and Satchel Paige: Baseball Legend were honored as the New York Public Library’s Best Books for Teens.