Little Krishna

Little Krishna

by Harish Johari, Sapna Johari, Suresh Johari, Pieter Weltevrede
     
 

The adventures of young Lord Krishna, enjoyed for centuries by Indian children, now available for Western children.

• Includes 40 detailed illustrations painted in authentic and classic Indian style.

• Stories are entertaining as well as instructive.

• A rich slice of popular Indian lore made accessible for Western children. 

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The adventures of young Lord Krishna, enjoyed for centuries by Indian children, now available for Western children.

• Includes 40 detailed illustrations painted in authentic and classic Indian style.

• Stories are entertaining as well as instructive.

• A rich slice of popular Indian lore made accessible for Western children. 

For centuries the children of India have grown up hearing the tales of Lord Krishna's adventures as a boy. Krishna has been the favorite of young and old alike because of his delightfully mischievous nature yet genuine and soulful heart. Now the entertaining and instructive tales of Krishna's youth are available for Western children, who will likewise be enamored of the magical journeys taken by young Krishna in a land full of mysterious gods and unusual animals. 

With a host of characters drawn from the rich breadth of Indian lore, Little Krishna will show children the value of kindness, the importance of preserving what you create, and the boundless nature of wisdom. Accompanied by the richly intricate color illustrations prepared following the traditional canon, each with prescribed geometric and artistic proportions, these stories will transport children to a magical world filled with ancient wisdom. In India children are taught that the stories of Krishna will help awaken and develop their own spiritual nature and that they should take to heart the lessons little Krishna learned from his adventures. But they also know this ancient lore provides some great storytelling.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Tales of the young god Krishna abound in the Hindu traditions of India, with the playful baby and mischievous child being dearly beloved in story and symbol. Stories of Krishna, who is an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu, are retold here in a single continuous narrative, much as they would be told orally in their place of origin. They encompass his incarnation on earth and his infancy and childhood, up to the point that he and his divine brother Balram depart for the city of Ujjain to take up their studies. The story is complex and textured and despite the picture book format, will be best understood by children older than the six to nine age group suggested by the publisher. It is a challenge to render these epic tales within the confines of the 48 pages of this volume. The notes to parents and teachers offer valuable context. So do the brief introduction to the role of Krishna in the Hindu pantheon, references to the spiritual sources of these stories, and the cast of characters in the front matter. Weltevrede's images are suggestive of the somewhat kitschy but unmistakable style used in a popular comic-book rendering of just such stories as these. A single, reproducible black-and-white Krishna line drawing is included, "so that children may color it in." The note about the illustrations is fascinating, detailing a painstaking process of using repeated watercolor applications and wash. However, to describe it as a "nine-step traditional Indian process" seems somehow incomplete, implying that it is both pan-Indian and ancient, but failing to substantiate either suggestion. The Sanskrit rendering of the ancient chant, "Om namo bhagavate vasudevaya," as border for front and back matter is apleasing touch that could similarly have benefited from documentation. 2002, Bear Cub Books,
— Uma Krishnaswami

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591430018
Publisher:
Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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Meet the Author

Harish Johari (1934-1999) was a distinguished North Indian author, Tantric scholar, poet, musician, composer, artist, and gemologist who held degrees in philosophy and literature and made it his life's work to introduce the culture of his homeland to the West.

Here is a hot link to a web site dedicated to Harish Johari's work that was set up by his students. http://www.sanatansociety.com/artists_authors/aa_harish_johari.htm

Harish Johari's life's work and writings continue with the help of his youngest daughter Sapna Johari, who lives in India.

Suresh Johari (1942-2000) created the sketches and concept for Little Krishna.

Pieter Weltevrede began his artistic studies with Harish Johari in 1977 and also studied with Shri Chandra Bal. He lives in Holland with his wife and two children and travels to India annually.

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