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THE MAGICAL ADVENTURES OF KRISHNA by Vatsala Sperling

THE MAGICAL ADVENTURES OF KRISHNA

How a Mischief Maker Saved the World

By Vatsala Sperling (Author) , Pieter Weltevrede (Illustrator)

Age Range: 7 & up

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59143-110-7

For children interested in Hinduism and its varied and numerous characters, this provides a general overview of Krishna and his many escapades. In the Hindu pantheon, Krishna functions vaguely similarly to Jesus, being the earthly incarnation of Lord Vishnu, God of Preservation, sent down to restore peace and rid the world of demonic rule. In his youth, Krishna straddles the line between regular boy and superhero. He’s not above stealing butter from the neighbors just for fun but always spots the sources of evil, no matter how hidden they are, and destroys them. For those new to Hinduism and even those who aren’t, the dizzying array of gods, goddesses and humans can be daunting, and Sperling’s formal, dense text doesn’t help make it easy. Weltevrede’s classic-looking and expressive jewel-toned illustrations bring in a much-needed layer of emotion but also depict the frequent and possibly frightening violence. The message that one doesn't have to be perfect to be heroic is a good one—too bad its delivery isn’t more accessible. (Picture book/religion. 7 & up)