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Classic Tales from India

How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head and Other Stories

Vatsala Sperling Harish Johari Pieter Weltevrede Nona Weltevrede



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Bear & Company
01 November 2020
Eight beautifully illustrated traditional stories that immerse the reader in the ancient culture of India as well as impart important life lessons * Shares classic tales from India, including stories drawn from the Mahabharata, the Ramayana, and the Puranas, translated by the authors * Illustrated throughout with glowing full-color paintings in traditional Indian style prepared according to the traditional Hindu canon With this full-color illustrated collection of classic tales from India, you will learn about the playful, loyal, strong, loving, and wise gods, goddesses, and heroes of India. You will discover how the deity Ganesh, the remover of obstacles, got his elephant head, how the goddess Parvati won the heart of the great god Shiva, and how the goddess Ganga came to Earth from Heaven in the form of the holy Ganges River. You will discover how Krishna's childhood as superhero and mischievous boy prepared him to fulfill his destiny as an avatar of the god Vishnu. In two tales drawn from the Ramayana, you will learn about prince Ram and his victory over the ten-headed demon king Ravana and how the monkey-god Hanuman moved a medicine mountain to save Ram's brother. In two stories from the famous epic the Mahabharata, you will discover how Karna became the greatest archer in the world to help good triumph over evil and how Arjuna compassionately fought his own cousins to bring peace to the kingdom of Hastinapur.

The glowing illustrations, executed in transparent watercolors and tempera paints, are done in a centuries-old method traditional to India. Richly detailed, they bring to life the colorful cast of characters--humans, gods, and demons alike--and allow the reader to become immersed in the mystical world of ancient India.
By:   Vatsala Sperling, Harish Johari
Illustrated by:   Pieter Weltevrede, Nona Weltevrede, Sandeep Johari
Imprint:   Bear & Company
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 241mm,  Width: 171mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   460g
ISBN:   9781591433866
ISBN 10:   159143386X
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   01 November 2020
Recommended Age:   From 5 to 11 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction Contents and Cast of Characters How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head How Parvati Won the Heart of Shiva Ganga: The River That Flows from the Heaven to Earth Ram the Demon Slayer Hanuman's Journey to the Medicine Mountain Who Is the Greatest Archer in the World: Karna or Arjuna? A Note to Parents and Teachers About the Authors and the Artists

Vatsala Sperling, Ph.D., a native of India, learned these stories at her mother's feet and enjoys introducing them to children of the Western world. She lives in Vermont. Harish Johari (1934-1999) was a painter, sculptor, and composer of Indian music. He authored many books that bring Eastern spiritual traditions to Western audiences, including Chakras: Energy Centers of Transformation. Pieter Weltevrede is an artist who began his studies with Harish Johari in 1977 and also studied with Shri Chandra Bal. He lives in Holland. Nona Weltevrede got in touch with Indian culture at a young age by watching his father, Pieter, and his mentor, Harish Johari, paint. He lives in Buren, Holland. Sandeep Johari was raised by his uncle Harish Johari, who taught him classical Indian painting. He lives in New Delhi, India.

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

Vatsala Sperling and Harish Johari have woven a rich tapestry of stories and visuals that is a source of inspiration for children and a simple way to inculcate timeless values within them. This is a treasure to have in every house! * SHUBHRAJI, founder of Namah Vedanta Center and author of In the Lotus of the Heart * Classic Tales from India is a delight both to the mind and to the heart. The illustrations and the write-ups are divine. This is truly a must for all Indophiles both in India and abroad. * VANAMALI, author of Shiva and The Complete Life of Krishna * Delightful storytelling delicately matched with colorful, evocative illustrations. An ideal way to bond through the art of myth and story and perfect for sharing in the classroom or the dining room. Turn off the TV and read this book aloud. Your family and friends will thank you! * SIMON CHOKOISKY, author of The Five Dharma Types * This is an amazing book, beautifully written. I strongly recommend it to everyone, regardless of age. There is something for all of us to learn and enjoy. The authors articulate these stories from Indian mythology. In addition, the pictures in the book are beautifully illustrated. * SENDURAI MANI, Ph.D., professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center * Storytelling is an integral part of Indian culture. By narrating parables, fables, folktales, and spiritual and sacred tales that have been handed down from generation to generation, deep messages are passed along that remain printed in memory. With her roots in Indian culture and philosophy, Vatsala has written this book from a deeply spiritual heart. It will speak to readers from the East and the West. * DINESH CHAUHAN, M.D., Swasthya Homeopathy Clinic, Mumbai, India * This collection of India's classic tales of its gods and goddesses is brimming with material. The volume contains seven ancient stories told in detail, such as tales of Krishna, Ram, Shiva, and Parvati. Every tale has abundant illustrations on every page and is prefaced with information about the historical, cultural, or religious context of each story. Every story also ends with a note to teachers and parents providing some analysis and comprehension of its moral implications. Quite a packed volume for immersing yourself in the ancient mythology of India. * Book Riot * This FULL-COLOR illustrated collection of tales from India features eight traditional stories from the Mahabharata, the Ramayana, and the Puranas. This book is a treasure and visual delight for all ages! * Light of Consciousness Magazine *

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