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The Magical Adventures of Krishna: How a Mischief Maker Saved the World (Classic Indian Stories for Children) Hardcover – November 16, 2009
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"The seventh title in the outstanding 'Classical Indian Stories for Children' series . . . keeps its readers enthralled with all of the rollicking exploits of its human, divine, and demonic cast of characters." (The Midwest Book Review, Feb 2010)
"Krishna's birth and His exploits in killing the many demons that were sent by His uncle Kamsa to kill Him are narrated well by Vatsala. Her style is simple and at the same time she holds the reader's attention. The illustrations by Pieter Weltevrede add great value to the excellent narration. The result is an excellent introduction to Krishna Tatva and Krishna Consciousness to those not yet exposed. To others, it would be one more opportunity to enjoy the nectar of Krishna's love for the whole creation." (S.V. Swamy, Swamy's Reviews, Jan 2010)
“Highly recommended for ages 6 and older, and anyone interested in world cultures.” (Awareness Magazine, October 2011)
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Long, long ago, the world was overrun by terrible demons. Even the earth goddess, Bhumi, was unable to protect the land. She appealed to Vishnu, God of Preservation, who agreed to be born on Earth as Krishna to save the world from destruction. Krishna is part superhero, part mischievous boy, and tales of his exploits--from childish pranks to death-defying demon slayings to his enchantment of the milkmaids--have delighted Indian children for centuries.
Like every child, Krishna tries to be good, but his irrepressible high spirits lead him into any number of mischievous escapades. In the end, though, all of his adventures lead to a happy conclusion. His mother, Yashoda, loves him no matter what he does, reminding us that children who get all the love they need grow up strong and brave and ready to save the world.
The glowing illustrations, executed in transparent watercolors and tempera paints, are done in a centuries-old method traditional to India. Richly detailed, they bring to life the colorful cast of characters--humans, gods, and demons alike.
VATSALA SPERLING, Ph.D., a native of India, learned these stories at her mother’s feet and enjoys introducing them to children of the Western world. She is the author of several books in this series, including How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head. She lives in Vermont with her husband and son.
PIETER WELTEVREDE began his artistic studies with Harish Johari in 1977 and also studied with Shri Chandra Bal. He has illustrated several books in this series, including Ganga and Ram the Demon Slayer. He lives in Holland with his wife and three children and travels to India annually.
THE CLASSIC INDIAN STORIES FOR CHILDREN SERIES
1 • How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head
2 • How Parvati Won the Heart of Shiva
3 • Ram the Demon Slayer
4 • Hanuman’s Journey to the Medicine Mountain
5 • Karna: The Greatest Archer in the World
6 • Ganga: The River that Flows from Heaven to Earth
7 • The Magical Adventures of Krishna
Top Customer Reviews
Since the book is short, it could be read in just one sitting of less than an hour. The main story of Krishna's birth and His killing of His demon uncle Kamsa (the author spells it as Kansa, both sound similar though Kamsa comes closer to the original Sanskrit sound), is told in about 25 pages including beautiful color illustrations. Children, who can read will love the text and the colorful illustrations and younger chidren would love to sit in the lap of the adult and watch the colorful figrures while the story is being read and explained to them!
Krishna's birth and His exploits in killing the many demons that were sent by His uncle Kamsa to kill Him are narrated well by Vatsala. Her style is simple and at the same time she holds the reader's attention.
The illustrations by Pieter Weltevrede add great value to the excellent narration.
The result is an excellent introduction to Krishna Tatva and Krishna Consciousness to those not yet exposed. To others, it would be one more opportunity to enjoy the nectar of Krishna's love for the whole creation.
I have the following observations and comments.
Nanda, the husband of Yashoda is conspicuous by his absence. Probably Vatsala thought he has no role in the story, but I felt that he deserved a place and for the sake of completion of the story.Read more ›
Or in the title 'How a mischief maker ...' , even if the syllable 'a' is replaced by 'the' it would make a lot of improvement. This is because Krishna is The One and Only One, he is not just anyone. He is our eternal savior.
Please don't take it offensively. I respect your work but this just a feedback!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 7 year-old grandson loved the book. He has other Indian story books but this one seems to be his favorite.Published on November 7, 2013 by PFC--NYC
This book is really open my eyes of Indian stories, the color illustration are very nice. I enjoy reading this book to my daughter at nice time.Published on June 2, 2013 by Amazon Customer