Classic Tales from India: How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head and Other Stories

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This book draws from Hindu mythology and retells seven well-known tales. Here, the Hindu deities come to earth in human form and interact with humans. In some cases, the events take place in the heavens. Two stories are from Ramayana and two from Mahabharata (both classics of Hindu religious thought). The others are akin to creation stories, such as how the Ganges River was formed. The stories do not deviate too far from the classically accepted tales and may need some additional background for those completely unfamiliar with Hindu mythology. The accompanying watercolor illustrations are vibrant and colorful and draw from traditional Indian motifs and styles. In a classroom setting, just discussing the illustrations could make up a lesson.

The narrative is easy to follow, but given the complexity of the stories, this work may be better suited for Middle school or older readers. The space used for notes directed to parents and teachers (found at the end of each story) would be better served if it provided additional background to either the tale or Hindu mythology. Overall, a good read for those interested in an introductory read of Hindu mythology.

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Author Vatsala Sperling and Harish Johari
Star Count 5/5
Format eBook
Page Count 240 pages
Publisher Bear Cub Books
Publish Date 2020-07-07
ISBN 9781591433866
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Issue July 2020
Category Children's


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