From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6-Ganesh, a Hindu god who is "loved as much as he is worshipped," is the subject of this traditional tale from India. The authors trace his creation from the hands of the goddess Parvati to his ultimate status as a brave and wise god, and explain how he came to have the body of a boy and the head of an elephant. Unfortunately, the stilted, formal language and an overly moralistic tone detract from what is an otherwise intriguing story. Lush, detailed watercolor illustrations, done in a traditional Indian style, do much to advance the plot. Added features such as a "Cast of Characters" of Indian gods and goddesses and a reproducible line drawing of Ganesh are welcome additions; wordy, overly long passages, including an extended introduction; a note to parents and teachers; and a step-by-step explanation of how the illustrations were made, are not.Sue Morgan, Tom Kitayama Elementary School, Union City, CA
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Gr. 1-4. This book brings together the story of how the beloved Hindu god Ganesh got his elephant head and one of the most well-known tales from his childhood, his contest with his brother to circle the universe. Told in an exciting and interesting voice, this story mostly holds true to the original legend; minor inconsistencies in the text do not detract much from the authenticity of the tale. The illustrations, done in a traditional nine-step Indian process, are beautiful and authentic. They bring to life the various multiheaded, multilimbed Hindu gods and goddesses and contribute to the overall effectiveness of the book. Public and school libraries can boost their scant collections of Hindu mythology with this fascinating look into that world. Linda PerkinsCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved