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Shiva’s Fire Fire Shiva’s Jones By: Tyler Author: Suzanne F. Staples By Tyler Jones Author: Suzanne Fisher Staples Characters 1. Parvati 2. Meenakshi 3. Sundar 4. Venkat 5. Venu 6. Auntie 7. Sathya 8. The god Raja 9. Raja’s son 10. The god Shiva 11. Nalini Parvati’s Family She was born during a cyclone. Parvati’s brothers, Venkat and Venu went to school for only one year because they needed to work at their dad’s farm. Her mother could not read or right and Parvati later on is invited by a guru to have an education in dance. Though she loved it, dancing was the thing that tore her family apart because she commits her self to dancing. Plot This story takes place in south India. Since the day Parvati was born she has loved to dance. She discovered she had mystical powers like talking to animals and she could dance on fire with her feet and clothes getting untouched by the flames. She lived in poverty for most of her life with her two brothers and parents. Later on there was a monsoon that destroyed the whole village with a small amount of survivors. The family had very little food and everyone in the family survived the storm except for Parvati’s father. When Parvati grows up she is visited by a guru that give her an education in dance. She commits her self to a program of dance. Then she meets a boy when she is asked to dance at a ball. He is gentle and sweet and she shows a liking in him. And he changes her world. Conflict The conflict of this story is the monsoon that killed a majority of the village including her father. The cyclone that took place the day Parvati was born that also killed a bunch of people. Parvati getting an education of dance is good for her but also bad because it tore her family apart. Author Suzanne Fisher Staples is the author of this wonderful book. Staples was born August 27th in Philadelphia. She attended Keystone College in La Plume, Pennsylvania. She has been a writer almost all her life. She has also written the books “The Green Dog”, “Haveli”, “Sabanu”, “Dangerous Skies”, and much more. Shiva • Shiva is a real idol that is worshiped in India • He is one of the most complex gods • Shiva is known as the destroyer and the restorer • Before he was was known as Rudra Indian Dancing Kali, Krishna, and SHIVA are represented dancing. One Indian folk dance called Bhangra, Garba are preformed in festivals. When woman perform formal Indian dances they wear traditional beads and dresses. Themes • The themes of this book are following your dream can mean giving up some things. • When one door closes another opens which means that when bad things happen something good comes out of it and that God has a plan for you and will be with you when times are hard. Links To watch a video of traditional Indian dancing click on the link below YouTube - Lavni The Great Indian Folk Dance Click here to go to a site all about the idol Shiva. Hindu God Shiva Shiva (Shiv) - the destroyer Thank You!! • Thanks for watching my presentation!!!
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