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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (2 Dec. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452287758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452287754
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 0.9 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Pixar animator offers a colorful, close-up look at the most important gods and goddesses of the Hindu religion, in a collection of full-color illustrations, accompanied by concise profiles and the stories of Hindu mythology. Original. 40,000 first printing.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rolnikov on 11 Feb. 2007
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This is a lovely little book, offering cute and funky but respectful interpretations of the Hindu pantheon, in a art style quite similar to that of Samurai Jack. In the accompanying descriptions the raunchier aspects of the myths aren't ignored, but are couched in terms unlikely to attract the notice of children. The edition I have bought - by the time you read this there may well have been others, given how good a book this is - has a flaw, in that the binding is not strong enough to withstand the interest of a young child, and it's falling apart after only a couple of weeks. I'm probably going to have to apply a heavy duty stapler to it soon. Also, these bright, attractive pictures would benefit enormously from glossy paper, to really let them shine.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Neeraj Sharma on 23 Nov. 2011
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I'm Hindu and I live outside India so I thought this would be a good way to get my kids more familiar with our religion.

From my adult perspective, the good thing about this book is that it is pretty comprehensive - I learned a lot! It even covers aspects that are not very common, like philosophy, Kalki or the various aspects of Siva. Very logical structure and ordering as well. On the other hand it tries to also be fun and frivolous and interesting - something that I found clashes with the rest of the tone of the book.

From the perspective of the kids, the very lovely illustrations and the little jokes make it look like it is fun for them but the heavy information leaves them zoned out and not able to understand the concepts. My kids are 7 and 11 and voracious readers, but they do not reach out for this book. I read it for myself but it's a task to read it with them.

I think this book is trying to be everything at once, and that is where it fails and alienates both kids and adults. I'd love to see more work from Mr. Patel - he clearly knows his subject and his profession as an animator gives him the tools to express himself with, but he needs to define his target audience better.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Hogan on 5 July 2009
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I bought this book on a recent trip to Bali. I was visiting lots of temples and needed something to help me keep all those Hindu gods straight in my head. As a non-Hindu I found it to be an affectionate and respectful introduction to a religion I really knew very little about before visiting a Hindu country. The illustrations are cute and humourous and the accounts of the god's activities just a little tongue in cheek. My two year old daughter loves it and claims it as her elephant book. I would agree with the previous reviewer that the binding is weak and that glossy pages would really make the images pop - hence four stars instead of 5! Its a great book to get someone who is travelling to India or another Hindu country for the first time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Yadav on 21 Feb. 2011
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I originally purchased this book for my son (aged 5), but I found it more interesting than he did. The illustrations are beautiful and I can see why kids may be drawn to it solely from a visual sense. The descriptions are however are a little more complicated despite the authors best attempts to keep it simple. This is due to the complex nature and convoluted stories pertaining to each character so I think the author was up against it to try and appeal to a very young audience. This book is still a great visual tool for parents interested in introducing their children to Hinduism.
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I originally purchased this book for my daughter for her second Diwali. I wanted to bring her closer to Hinduism and as she's still very young I wanted something that was very visual. The illustrations are beautiful and I can see why kids may be drawn to it solely from a visual sense. The descriptions are however are a little more complicated despite the authors best attempts to keep it simple. This is due to the complex nature and convoluted stories pertaining to each character so I think the author was up against it to try and appeal to a very young audience.

The book is pretty comprehensive - I learned a lot! It even covers aspects that are not very common, like philosophy or the various aspects of Shiva, its also fun and interesting. The great illustrations and the little jokes make it look like it is fun for them but the information Is on the heavy side.

I think this book is great and informative for adults and visually appealing for kids.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David on 27 Sept. 2013
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I'm 20 years old and i like animation so i'm glad i got this book. A little book that gives basics information about the gods & goddess and briefly touches mythology. Its simple and helpful with nice animations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sassy on 24 Feb. 2014
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My 8 year daughter loves this book. She learned a lot about each of the Gods. She also learned which ones are in charge of which seasons. My daughter finds it fascinating
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hannah Griffin on 23 Sept. 2013
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its a really lovely little book, full of beautiful images, i can see why its so popular, i just want to buy more for the same author.
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