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Ganesha's Sweet Tooth Hardcover – September 19, 2012
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"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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Sanjay Patel's work! I've bought this book 4 times for gifts! Buy this book!!Published 2 months ago by MyRapunzal
It is a nice little story with great illustrations. My 7 yr old loved it.Published 2 months ago by SJV
Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth is a fantasy folklore loosely based on Hindu mythology. It’s a charming and engaging tale with very colorful and whimsical illustrations. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Shantala @ SHANAYA TALES
I absolutely love this book! We wanted to expose our daughter to Indian mythology. We got a few books from India. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ADM