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Ganesha's Sweet Tooth Hardcover – September 19, 2012
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"Zesty and original... Pink elephants haven't looked this good since 'Dumbo'" - The New York Times
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"The wordless two-page spreads retelling the ancient epic Sanskrit poem, Mahabharata is a masterpiece." - Lisa Von Drasek, Early Word
"A fresh and comedic introduction to a Hindu legend, with a winning combination of both eye candy and actual candy." - Publishers Weekly
"A feast for the eyes... So sweet we almost want to pop it in our mouths." - EntertainmentWeekly.com
"A confectioner's palette... strong shapes and a mix of modern objects with traditional designs add to the fun." - Kirkus Reviews
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However, I was disappointed that the authors chose to invent a story about Ganesha that is very loosely inspired by original texts, instead of retelling a classic story for a new audience. The book would be much more interesting to me if it were a genuine Hindu myth instead of a made-up one with elements that are not found in Hindu scripture. The authors say the text is "loosely based" on the classic legend, and that their intent is to "entertain and enchant" readers so that they will be inspired to learn more about "the rich and varied stories of Hindu mythology." I find this baffling--why not just use one of those "rich and varied stories"? Were they not interesting enough? When the afterword explains how Ganesha "really" broke his tusk, I just felt a little cheated by the whole nonsense about the jawbreaker candy. The original story makes so much more sense and is much cooler. Also, given that this will possibly be many non-Hindu children's only exposure to Hindu mythology, why on Earth would they want to warp the story so much that it's barely recognizable?
I would have preferred to use this text to teach an classic story of Hindu mythology, instead of having to give all kinds of explanations about which parts are authentic and which are the authors' fabrications.
Sweet Ganesha (sorry I'm gushing but this little elephant is too cute!) breaks his tusk on a jawbreaker and eventually said tusk is used as a writing tool. He meets an old man, presumably the sage Vyasa (who is attributed as the author of the Mahabharata) and writes down verses dictated by the sage. 100,000 verses later, the epic Hindu poem, the Mahabharata is born! This origin story in the guise of a children's picture book will have readers young and old gushing over the illustrations, the true highlight of this book. Colorful, vivid, vibrant, and playful, there is so much to see and appreciate. Little Ganesha playing like any other young child, using his trunk to squirt water and ring bells, and even one where he is holding a cricket bat! His friend Mouse is partial to the Indian sweet, laddoo, and there's a cute illustration depicting a stuffed Mouse later in the story.
I'd recommend this book for all children's collections in public, school, and home libraries, and especially recommend it for multi-cultural collections.
Ganesha's Sweet Tooth, which was written by Emily Haynes and illustrated by Sanjay Patel, is an explosion of color and images that will keep your kids searching the drawings for subtle clues to the story as they turn the pages.
Patel is an animator for Pixar Animation Studios, and has worked on films such as A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2 and Ratatouille. His illustrations of fun-loving Ganesha as a child who loves sweets, will surely strike a chord with youngsters who like to eat sweets too. While the story of Ganesha and Vyasa is a classic tale from India, here it's reimagined with a young Ganesha who has a friend, Mr. Mouse.
Ganesha's Sweet Tooth is so much fun you'll want to read it again and again. A pronunciation guide in the back helps with a few unfamiliar words. I recommend it for ages 4 and up.
The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review.
I shared the story with my son tonight and he liked learning the word "laddoo" and talking about Ganesha's fascination with sweets (something in common). I give kudos to the authors for creating such a wonderful children's story that has the potential to spark interest in another culture (at least in our case). It offers a "child's eye view" of a part of Hindu history. I have never seen better artwork in a children's book in my life and I found the story both interesting and fun. I learned things I didn't know before, so I couldn't be more pleased with it! Fantastic.
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Lovely book, must have for every kid. Fun read, exciting soothing color palette and design of characters is very interesting for my 2+ daughter. Read morePublished 1 month ago by UY
This is the best children's book I've stumbled across in a long time! I had purchased for a friends baby shower and she loved it just as much as I do!Published 4 months ago by Elizabeth I.