THE ELEPHANT-HEADED GOD AND OTHER HINDU TALES by Debjani Chatterjee

THE ELEPHANT-HEADED GOD AND OTHER HINDU TALES

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Age Range: 10 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

 Twelve classical Indian tales, including an affectionate introduction to elephant-headed Ganesh, a wonderfully concise version of the Mahabharata, and the humbling of several proud heroes and demons by the gods. The demons here are particularly rambunctious: Bali conquers both Earth and Heaven; ten-headed Ravana steals Rama's wife; in ``Ashes to Ashes,'' Bhasmasura chases his master Shiva into a garbage dump. The combination of fresh humor and a text only lightly burdened with ritual behavior, morals, or long Indian names makes this a good gateway to both the great epics and the Jataka tales. Frequent ink drawings, with figures in traditional dress and stylized poses, add an exotic touch. A simultaneously published companion, The Adventures of Young Krishna by Diksha Dalal-Clayton, overlaps a bit but seems aimed at older readers. (Mythology/Folklore. 10-12)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-19-508112-9
Page count: 88pp
Publisher: Oxford Univ.
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 1993




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