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How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head Hardcover – 8 Oct 2003
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"Entertaining, enjoyable, and clearly written. . . . will share with readers very important themes in Hindu culture." (Ghostvillage.com, Oct 21, 2005)
"Although this book is meant for children aged 6 - 9, my daughter and I have enjoyed this book immensely. It is a very entertaining story with great introduction to Indian Gods. . . . I'll definitely be buying more children's books by these authors." (Amanda Bugeaud, Timeless Spirit Magazine, July 2007)
"The story embodies ancient and magical themes that are not common in Western literature." (Spirit of Change, May/June 2004)
"Ganesh's timeless story teaches children about the power of dedication to duty, and how compassion holds the world together." (AZNetNews, December-January 2004)
". . . a beautiful retelling of a classic Indian tale." (In the Library Reviews, May 8, 2005)
From the Back Cover
FOLKLORE Ganesh, the elephant-headed god, has the body of a chubby little boy and the head of a baby elephant. Known as the god who removes all obstacles, he is one of the most beloved characters in Indian folklore. Ganesh didn't always have an elephant head, but he was never an ordinary boy, either. His mother, Parvati (the great mother goddess), created him from sandalwood paste and magically brought him to life to guard her palace against all intruders. When the boy stopped her husband, Shiva (the fearsome god of destruction), at the door, Shiva did not take kindly to being barred from his own home. Shiva attacks the boy, infuriating Parvati and touching off a cosmic battle between the gods and the goddesses that threatens the balance of the entire universe. When the boy is later transformed into the elephant-headed god, family harmony is restored and the order of the universe renewed. Ganesh's timeless story teaches children about the power of dedication to duty, the awe-inspiring love of a mother for her child, and, finally, how compassion holds the world together. Accompanied by rich, color illustrations prepared according to the traditional Indian wash technique, How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head will transport children to a magical world filled with ancient wisdom. HARISH JOHARI has authored many books that bring Eastern spiritual traditions to Western audiences, including Little Krishna, Chakras, and The Monkeys and the Mango Tree. VATSALA SPERLING, fluent in five Indian languages and Sanskrit, learned these traditional stories at her mother's feet. Before marrying and moving to the United States, she was the chief of Clinical Microbiological Services at the largest children's hospital in India. She is the coauthor of A Marriage Made in Heaven and lives in Vermont with her husband and son. PIETER WELTEVREDE, who began his artistic studies with Harish Johari in 1977 and also studied with Shri Chandra Bal, is a social scientist by training. He lives in Holland with his wife and two children and travels to India annually. He is also the illustrator of Little Krishna and The Monkeys in the Mango Tree.See all Product description
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Compared to those, this is a slightly less appealing though still decent telling of the Ganesa story. It takes some creative license (it leaves out some of the "color" to how Ganesa received the elephant's head, for exxample) that results in a story that is a bit too toned down/altered for my tastes, but it's still good.
Highly recommend for anyone interested in Hindu culture.