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How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head [Hardcover]

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Pages   28
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.3" Width: 8.9" Height: 0.34"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 8, 2003
Publisher   Bear Cub Books
Age  8-12
ISBN  1591430216  
EAN  9781591430216  

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Relates adventures of Ganesh, the Hindu god of prosperity, and how he became the gods' gift to humanity.

Publishers Description
The magical story of how Ganesh, the son of Shiva and Parvati, was brought back to life with the head of an elephant
- The story of one of the most beloved characters in Indian lore, made accessible for Western children
- Illustrated throughout with paintings from the classic Indian tradition
Any Indian child can tell you how the beloved god Ganesh got his elephant's head--now American children can know as well. For centuries Indian children have grown up hearing Ganesh's story--how his mother, Parvati (an incarnation of the great mother goddess), created a small boy from sandalwood soap and commanded that he guard the palace against all intruders while she took her bath. How her husband, Shiva (the fearsome god of destruction), didn't take kindly to being barred from his own home. How Shiva beheaded the boy during the cosmic war that followed, but then, when he realized that the balance of the entire universe was at stake, brought the boy back to life by grafting an elephant's head onto his body and made him the people's intercessor against the powers of destruction.
Ganesh's timeless story teaches children about the steadfast power of dedication to duty, the awe-inspiring power of a mother's love for her child, and the gentle power of compassion, which holds the world together. Accompanied by rich, color illustrations prepared according to the traditional Hindu canon, "How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head" will transport children to a magical world filled with ancient wisdom.

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More About Harish Johari, Vatsala Sperling & Pieter Weltevrede

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Harish Johari (1934-1999) was a painter, sculptor, and composer of Indian music. He authored twelve books on Eastern spirituality, including Ayurvedic Massage; Ayurvedic Healing Cuisine; Breath, Mind, and Consciousness; The Birth of the Ganga; Dhanwantari; and Chakras. He also produced several audiocassettes of mantra meditations, including Sounds of Tantra, Attunements for Day and Night, and Sounds of the Chakras.
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Harish Johari was born in 1934 and died in 1999.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Very pretty  Oct 21, 2007
My daughter loves the pictures. The story itself was a little over here head , but she did love that it was a bout a mother and her son.
Great introduction!  Sep 22, 2007
This is a great introduction to (or addition to a collection) centered around Ganesh. The story is brilliantly illustrated and the text is great. I was very happy with the purchase.
Great book!  Aug 17, 2007
Beautifully illustrated, wonderful story told in an interesting style for children (and adults).
Highly recommend for anyone interested in Hindu culture.
Review by a 5 year old  Jul 24, 2005
My son loves the book How Ganesh Got his Elephant Head! I have read it to him and his friends at least a hundred times! Although the author's choice of vocabulary is complicated for a five year old, my son has learned many new words and their meaning.
He says, "I like the pictures and learning about each of the Gods is fun. My favorite part is matching each God with his or her vehicle. How come Ganesh does not squish the mouse his rides?"
Great book, my daughter loves it, but not 100% authentic  Oct 30, 2004
My daughter who is four loves this book. I was a little surprised that she liked it so much, since it is a little advanced for her. The only reason that I do not give it five stars is that the story has been altered slightly to be more palatable to today's kids. For instance, the Gods ask permission from an elephant mother before taking her son's head and putting it on Ganesh's body. This was not in the original story, and since we are talking about a religous text, this is the equivalent of telling children that Jesus drank grape juice instead of wine. Still a great book, but the story has been slightly sugar coated.

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