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Ganesha's Sweet Tooth Hardcover – September 19, 2012

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With bright, elaborately detailed illustrations, this picture book tells a fictionalized story based on the legend of how the Hindu god Ganesha transcribed the epic poem Mahabharata. Here Ganesha is “just like any other kid” except that he has an elephant’s head, and vividly colored pictures show him cruising around on a magical mouse. He loves sweets (he is a bit “chubby”), but when he bites down on “the super jumbo jawbreaker laddoo,” his tusk breaks off. He is furious and bitterly ashamed until he meets Vyasa the poet, who needs the tusk to write his poem, which is so long that “all the pens in the world would break before it is done.” So Ganesha helps the poet and uses his tusk to write the 100,000 verses of a story, which turns out to be so beautiful he even forgets about sweets. Blending computer graphics with traditional images, the intricate, stylized illustrations may be best suited for grade-schoolers, who will enjoy the story’s turnarounds and focus on luscious sweets, and many will be ready for the classic Hindu myth. Grades 1-3. --Hazel Rochman

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"Zesty and original... Pink elephants haven't looked this good since 'Dumbo'" - The New York Times

"A classic Hindu tale gets an artful interpretation in this piece of eye candy" - Daily Candy Kids

"A confectioner's palette... strong shapes and a mix of modern objects with traditional designs add to the fun." - Kirkus Reviews

"A feast for the eyes... So sweet we almost want to pop it in our mouths." - EntertainmentWeekly.com

"A fresh and comedic introduction to a Hindu legend, with a winning combination of both eye candy and actual candy." - Publishers Weekly

"The wordless two-page spreads retelling the ancient epic Sanskrit poem, Mahabharata is a masterpiece." - Lisa Von Drasek, Early Word

"Two traditional events in the life of the Hindu god Ganesha are imaginatively recast" - School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452103623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452103624
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The illustrations here are really the winning element of this book. They are fun, unusual, eye-catching, and invite the reader to study each page for the details. I definitely love the illustrations, and for that alone this book is keeper for our multi-cultural studies.

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.
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How I had never come across Sanjay Patel's illustrations before, I don't know, but after reading this book with my seven-year-old daughter and loving it, I'll be sure to go hunting for his other books asap! Written by Emily Haynes and illustrated by Sanjay Patel (who is an animator at Pixar), this adorable story follows the exploits of sweet Lord Ganesha,one of my favorites of all the Hindu deities mainly because of his cute appearance and also being known as the destroyer of obstacles and purveyor of success. He is often depicted riding a mouse, and sure enough, a cute little mouse is featured in this story.

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.
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I am tired of oversimplified illustrations that you see everywhere in so many books.
I mean that while it is great to have generic stories with typical boys and girls and their families etc, look how culturally loaded this one is!
How many details you can see and wonder about (the bracelets, the sari, the ladoo, the beads)!
Look at the geometric beautiful patterns and tiny details!

Now, my mom said that "that wouldn't be my choice" and I agree, it's probably not for everyone, but the way I chose books for my kid is:
- get different styles to let them see different things - they might not like it, but it's good to see different things and choose your favorites, and there's always a chance they will grow to like them later
- get different cultures and show kids that people can wear, say and like different things, that's how the world is

Great book, my kid and I loved it!
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My toddler's favorite Ganesha book. Not only is the artwork beautiful, the characters are really endearing and immensely likeable. My toddler had taken to saying "Squeak! Oh no!" To random things. It's very fun.
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I wish we had this book growing up. Being born in the States (or anywhere out of India) this is very helpful for both teaching little children and informal learning as adults. The pictures are fun and colorful, much like the cover. It goes through all the deities and a page or two about their story so children know who they are at a glance. The pictures are also historically accurate (although cartooned) that they can be recognized when going to the temple or when seeing paintings/photos. I've bought this book for all my nieces and nephews as well as one for me newborn daughter. Great baby shower gift for those that ask for a baby book in lieu of card. I highly highly recommend it.
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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. Great quality paper, size is very good too for small children. Would buy as gift for friends.
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