My Storybook will be focused on the geographical features of India. I’d like to include the Himalayas (Mount Kailish), the Ganges river, the Dandaka forest, and one involving an ocean. I’d like to tell the story through the eyes of two kids trekking the area and learning about the significance of the landmarks through people from the respective regions. I’d like to incorporate some of the epics from the Ramayana. Of course I’d include some great photographs and maybe the tie the fables in with the features included in the illustrations.
Buck, William (1976). Ramayana: King Rama's Way. The story of the Dandaka Forest and the story titled “The Thorn in the World’s side.”
Journey. A journey through the region told in first person as a friend and I travel through India exploring some of the most notable landmarks. It would entail meeting people from each area who could explain the cultural significance of each site. The people at each site would point us to the next stop on our adventure as the plot unfolded.
Story. A story being told in third person by an Indian elder. Again, this would involve the two kids who know little about the significance of the geography. They would coincidentally come across the elder who would paint a vivid picture of the occurrence that afforded each place its value.
Voyage. This style would entail children on a cultural/religious voyage throughout India as they stopped at each significant site. Their parents would explain why they traveled to each site and provide a story as to why it was important for the children to travel there.
Cause for significance. This would entail being the reason why each place had cultural value. This would be a first-person story in which the main character had some remarkable event take place at these spectacular locations. It would be these occurrences, then, that were cause for the importance of the location. None of these would involve battles (too cliché for my liking); instead, something along the lines of a daring rescue or accomplishing a near impossible feat (i.e. breaking the bow in order to gain Sita’s hand in marriage) would be the event. I like this idea just because it allows for complete control over the content of the story and affords me the luxury to take the plot in whichever direction that I please.