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Beautifully commissioned artwork is combined here with clear and sensitively written narrative introducing young readers to some of the most significant beliefs, values, and traditions of the world's six main faiths. These books contain fact boxes about people, places, objects, and events, and a glossary of key terms. They have been produced in close associations with consultants from each of the six religions.

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Overview

Beautifully commissioned artwork is combined here with clear and sensitively written narrative introducing young readers to some of the most significant beliefs, values, and traditions of the world's six main faiths. These books contain fact boxes about people, places, objects, and events, and a glossary of key terms. They have been produced in close associations with consultants from each of the six religions.

Hindu Stories focuses on stories about Hindu gods and goddesses.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The seven retold tales in this reprint of a collection first published in the UK reflect Hindu classical mythology rather than the numerous folk traditions of the Indian subcontinent. The tales are told with a north Indian slant on pronunciation and context. Each story is accompanied by a combination of full-color drawings and photographs. Sidebars titled "Did you know?" cover topics ranging from specific figures in mythology to festivals, customs, and sacred geography. The stories are standard fare that most children in Hindu households are likely to hear repeatedly in multiple versions--the creation tale of the cosmic egg, followed by stories of the demon princess Holika for whom the colorful spring holiday is named, the hero prince Ram, Krishna the cowherd, how the river Ganga came to earth, Ganesh the elephant god, and Durga and the buffalo demon. Ganeri retells these stories in crisp, tidy prose, with deft transitions and a quick pace. Her language is spare rather than lyrical. The collection offers a good first glimpse of the complex mythology of this major world religion. This book is part of the publisher's "Traditional Religious Tales" series, of which other titles are Buddhist Stories, Christian Stories, Islamic Stories, Jewish Stories, and Sikh Stories. A glossary and index are included in the back matter, as is a rather sparse reading list that tends to rely on bland fare rather than more literary nonfiction sources. A reference is also included to the FactHound Web site, which appears to be an Internet undertaking of the publisher. 2006 (orig. 2001), Picture Window Books, Ages 7 to 10.
—Uma Krishnaswami
School Library Journal
Gr 1-6-Unlike the many religion books for young readers that focus upon the central tenets and rites as well as the cultural practices of its adherents, these titles are based on narratives. Buddhist zeroes in on the life and teachings of the Buddha, moving through his disenchantment and enlightenment and into less-familiar tales, such as that of the grieving Kisagotami or of a violent robber whose name means "finger necklace." In the case of Hinduism, Ganeri has selected significant and dramatic stories such as the creation of Ganesh and how he came to have an elephant's head; the birth of Krishna, an incarnation of Rama; and Durga's conquest of a shape-changing demon. While Islamic gives its greatest attention to events from the life of Muhammad, it also recounts stories from the more-distant past involving Musa/Moses, Ibrahim/Abraham, Isma'il/Ishmael, and Hajar/Hagar. The power and wisdom of Allah are central in these stories. Sikh also has a biographical focus, selecting important didactic lessons from the lives of the Sikh gurus to make their points. A noteworthy aspect of these stories is the prominence of Sikhism's stance against greed and those who use religion for self-aggrandizement. All four volumes have sidebars with additional information and small photographs. The illustrations, done in watercolor and pen and ink are merely competent, but Ganeri's writing is inviting and fluid. Libraries wanting more diverse information on world religions will find that these titles fit the bill nicely.-Coop Renner, Hillside Elementary, El Paso, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher

"Both young readers and many adults will find this a very helpful introduction to Hindu gods and goddesses." Bookloons
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404813090
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Series: Profiles of the Presidents Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Anita Ganeri is an author of children's books, including many on comparative religion and mythology. Rachael Phillips is an illustrator.
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