Tales from India

Jamila Gavin

Book - 2011

Collection of Hindu tales, including the birth of the gods, tales of creation, and the arrival of humans, accompanied by exquisite artwork, which reflects the influence of both classical and contemporary Indian art.

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Published
Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press 2011.
Edition
1st U.S. ed
Language
English
Physical Description
88 p. : ill
ISBN
9780763655648
0763655643
Main Author
Jamila Gavin (-)
Other Authors
Amanda Hall (illustrator)
  • How the world began
  • How Lord Shiva became blue-throated
  • Manu, the fish and the flood
  • How the River Ganga came to Earth
  • How Ganesh got his elephant's head
  • The birth of Lord Krishna
  • Hanuman, the greatest
  • The choosing
  • The battle of eighteen days
  • Three steps to save the universe.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Rooted in Hindu written and oral tradition, this collection of fine stories taken together creates an intriguing cultural monograph but are also intriguing told individually on their own. Tales about the creation of the world from a lotus flower; a great flood that impelled the first man, Manu, to build his ark; and the birth of Lord Krishna from a clash of good and evil are all included. Gavin's narratives are deliberate yet spellbinding, and Hall's artwork is visual storytelling at its best, with illustrations that literally glow with the mystique and beauty of India. To students with a more Western perspective, some of the stories will seem strange or even scary, though most any reader will notice some marked similarities between the stories presented in this book and many common epics from the Judeo-Christian tradition. This handsome book of Hindu mythology is a fine choice for most any library collection. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Whitbread Book Award–winner Gavin, who grew up in India, presents 10 classic Hindu stories, accompanied by Hall's lush and elegant gouache illustrations. The first story describes the origins of the world and the ongoing battle between good and evil. Others relate Lord Vishnu's creation of the goddess Lakshmi; Lord Shiva's battle with the gods of darkness, the Asuras; an ark legend centering on Manu, the first man; and the dark story of how Ganesh acquired his elephant's head. Readers should be drawn toward the valor, action, and dramatic transformations in these powerful tales. Ages 9–up. (Sept.) [Page ]. Copyright 2011 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 5 Up—Ten well-crafted stories with elegant illustrations introduce a fine array of gods and events of the Hindu pantheon. Gavin opens with a creation tale, introducing the tripartite godhead—Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva—as well as the forces of good and evil that forever do battle in the three areas of the cosmos—heaven, earth, and the underworld. The tales feature the large personalities of the gods and their love interests, trickery, and interactions with humans, offering intriguing parallels with other belief systems as well as unique elements. A serpent figures prominently in early times, the great flood endures for 12 years, and Brahma is born of a human mother as Krishna. Both Vishnu, the Preserver, and Shiva, the Destroyer, are colorful and complicated figures. Hall's richly rendered gouache paintings, prepared in the style of Indian miniatures and framed in gold, vary in size and placement, and each story is introduced by a sumptuous, colorful title page patterned in gold. The details and dialogue serve the stories and competent readers well, but will be a bit challenging for reading aloud and storytelling. Beautifully presented, the book will be much enjoyed by mythology fans and likely lead to a search for further reading for some.—Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston [Page 137]. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Discover a world of classic tales from India with a renowned storyteller as she writes of great floods, legendary romances and epic battles between good and evil, all illuminated by exquisite illustrations that reflect the influence of both classical and contemporary Indian art.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Presents a collection of Hindu tales covering great floods, legendary romances and epic battles between good and evil.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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.