The Broken Tusk: Stories of the Hindu God Ganesha (Paperback)

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The Broken Tusk: Stories of the Hindu God Ganesha (Paperback)


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Everyone makes mistakes, but it is the lessons we learn that are important.

What better a character to introduce children to Hindu mythology than Ganesha, the god of new beginnings? Often impulsive, forever generous, the elephant-headed god with the fat belly makes mistakes but learns from them. He fills the world around him with laughter. These stories deliver up a pantheon of Hindu deities and support such concepts as nonviolence, respect for life, and the folly of vanity.

This collection of Hindu folktales for middle readers features stories about the Hindu god, Ganesha, who is easily recognized because of his elephant head. Author, Uma Krishnaswami introduces the stories by recalling her own introduction to Ganesha and goes on to offer a mythological context for the tales.

Included among these classic stories are "Ganesha's Head", "The Broken Tusk", and "Why Ganesha Never Married". Most of the stories come from Hindu legend; one comes from Mongolia, where Ganesha made his way into the Buddhist tradition. The simple pen-and-ink illustrations support the themes and a helpful pronunciation guide and glossary are also included.

Uma Krishnaswarmi Bio: Uma Krishnaswami is a popular author of picture books and novels for children, as well as a gifted writing teacher. She is recognized as a major voice in the expanding world of international and multicultural young adult fiction and children's literature. Her highly acclaimed collection of classic Hindu myths, Broken Tusk, is very accessible to middle readers and introduces them to classic stories from the Hindu tradition. Uma was born in New Delhi and is currently on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults.
Product Details ISBN: 9780874838060
ISBN-10: 0874838061
Publisher: August House Publishers
Publication Date: July 26th, 2006
Pages: 128
Language: English