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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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"I was so pleased to discover recently that the publishing house, Inner Traditions, has a division called Bear Cub Books, which features children's storybooks including classic Indian stories for children. Each culture throughout history shares myths, parables, and folklore, in order to teach children about morals and the human condition and the Hindu traditions and stories are both fascinating and delightful to read. . . . Beautifully written by Dr. Sperling, she does a wonderful job of explaining the characters, so that they can be easily loved and understood by western children as an introduction to Hindu culture and traditions." (Kala Ambrose, Metaphysical Spirituality Examiner, March 2010)

"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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CHILDREN / FOLKLORE

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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 6
  • Series: Classic Indian Stories for Children (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bear Cub Books; 2 edition (November 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591431107
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591431107
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S V SWAMY on January 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When an opportunity arose for reviewing this book, I was pretty excited to see how a well known mythological / historical tale will be presented to the western world by the Indian author (from her name I knew that Vatsala is from India or has absorbed all the Indian traditions and values). I received the book in India, from USA. Reminds me that the earth is round!

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.
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The seventh titles in the outstanding 'Classical Indian Stories for Children' series "The Magical Adventures of Krishna: How a Mischief Maker Saved the World" is a fabulous retelling of the heroic and comical exploits of the magical semi-divine Krishna, secretly the great God of Preservation, Vishnu, reborn to save the world from destruction. Filled with moving, glowing illustrations done in traditional Indian methods that have enchanted children and adults for ages, "The Magical Adventures of Krishna" keeps its readers enthralled with all of the rollicking exploits of its human, divine, and demonic cast of characters. Fortunately the stories end happily, with Krishna's mother Yashoda giving him the unquestioning love he needs to continue to be strong and brave and ready to save the world again. "The Magical Adventures of Krishna" is number 7 in the Classic Indian Stories for Children series.
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Although I have not read your book but after going through the other reviews I am sure it will be a nice book for children to read. But one thing that struck me is that Krishna should not be introduced as just 'A mischief maker' to the western world. We are talking about the Supreme Personality of Godhead here and not just any ordinary character. At least to his devotees he is of utmost sentimental value. It is true that Krishna was mischievous but we need to be more respectful in terms of God irrespective of religion. 'A so-and-so character did something for the world' would be a title suitable for characters like The Sage Narada or Dhruv who were ordinary to begin with and rose to fame later.
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!
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Personally I think the book is pricey for the contents. It should be more like $5 or less. But the illustrations are great, and very good for the kids to focus on. Kids loved it. The side of the book states "The Magical Adventures of Krisha". It misspells Krishna. However, for us this was an added bonus, as this was a gift to my daughter whose name is Krisha (Krisha means "devine" or creativity of God).
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I bought this book for Kinder age but I suggest it for grade 2 up. I find some of the wording inappropriate so when I read this to children I change some of the language to make it more suitable.
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