Discover a world of classic tales from India.
Come on a journey with renowned storyteller Jamila Gavin as she writes of great floods, legendary romances, and epic battles between good and evil. This new collection of Hindu tales, including the birth of the gods, tales of creation, and the arrival of humans, is illuminated by Amanda Hall's exquisite artwork, which reflects the influence of both classical and contemporary Indian art.
|Product dimensions:||9.20(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||9 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Jamila Gavin was born in Mussoorie, India, in the foothills of the Himalayas, to an Indian father and an English mother. Jamila has written many books with multicultural themes for children and young adults. She won the Whitbread Children’s Book Award in 2000 and was runner-up for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. Her work has been adapted for stage and television. Jamila Gavin lives in England.
Amanda Hall studied art and illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. Inspired by cultures from all over the world, she has illustrated many books for children including Robi Dobi: The Marvellous Adventures of an Indian Elephant by Madhur Jaffrey. Amanda Hall lives in the U.K.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reason for Reading: I enjoy reading mythology. Hindu mythology is relatively new to me and I have been reading it a bit this year.This is a beautiful large illustrated children's book that can be read by anyone interested in the stories of Hindu mythology. The book starts with the tales of creation, the creation of the gods, creation of man and finally various adventures of the gods and half-gods. I find the stories to be much more fantastical than other mythology but they hold strong to the same themes of good vs. evil, gods vs. man, and stories of how things came to be. I also find the Hindi tales to be much more romantic than others as well. There are many stories of love along with warriors and battles. Many of the Hindu gods are introduced here and this is an excellent book for an introduction to Hindu mythology.The illustrations are beautiful and the author has used authentic Indian art styles from the past and present, especially using miniature painting for the fine details of her paintings. The gods are fantastic creatures with many arms, parts human/parts animal, or simply wondrous creatures and they come to their full splendour under Hall's brush. A beautiful book to add to any mythology collection and perfect as a primer on basic Hindu myths.