We all celebrate Lord Ganesha’s birthday and it was a special treat to hear all the stories that Grandparents lovingly told about the naughty yet wise Elephant God! This year along with Lord Ganesha’s idol, bring home some Picture books about Lord Ganesha and enjoy them! Just like icing on the cake, nothing can be better than listening to your Granny telling you stories, but books will add to the lovely experience!
1. Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth by Emily Haynes and Sanjay Gupta
Sanjay Gupta’s illustrations in this adorable story about Ganesha’s sweet tooth makes it a notch irresistible! Who doesn’t like the laddoo gobbling baby Ganesha! And haven’t you called your laddoo gobbling little kid, a Ganapati lovingly? And how did little Ganesha help Vyasa in writing Mahabharata, when read and find out!
The bold, bright colors of India leap right off the page in this fresh and funny picture book retelling (with a twist) of how Ganesha came to help write the epic poem of Hindu literature, the Mahabharata. Ganesha is just like any other kid, except that he has the head of an elephant and rides around on a magical mouse. And he loves sweets, especially the traditional dessert laddoo. But when Ganesha insists on biting into a super jumbo jawbreaker laddoo, his tusk breaks off! Ganesha is terribly upset, but with the help of the wise poet Vyasa, and his friend Mr. Mouse, he learns that what seems broken can actually be quite useful after all. With vibrant, graphic illustrations, expressive characters, and offbeat humor, this is a wonderfully inventive rendition of a classic tale.
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2. It’s all the same by Nina Sabnani
“Mama, why is Ganesha always worshipped first in any Puja?”
No worries! In this tale from Apno Rajasthan 2 storytellers Pappuram and Kojaram (who are kaavadiya bhaats) tell us there own version of why Lord Ganesha is always worshipped first, before any other god or goddess.
The fantastic thing is that the concept of Storytelling Boxes (kaavads) is as old as the legend, and it is heartening to see it depicted so well in a Picture Book! These 2 story actually make us realise that at the end, all the stories are end! Does your culture ave a story about why Lord Ganesha is worshipped first! Mine has, and I will share it with you in another post 🙂
Description (from Tulikabooks.com)
Pappuram and Kojaram are kaavadiya bhaats, storytellers from Rajasthan. Each has his own favourite story about why Lord Ganesha is always worshipped first, before any other god or goddess. They open their kaavads, the beautifully painted storytelling boxes, and begin – only to realise at the end of it that the stories may be different, but are still really the same!
In this is captured the nature of myths and their telling, that there is no one story about anything, it can always be this as much as that, across cultures or within the same, as here. Typical of kaavadiyas is the flat manner of narrating even improbable situations – anything can happen, that’s how it is…
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3. Amma, Tell Me About Ganesha by Bhakti Mathur
Bhakti Mathur has an excellent series of books devoted to various festivals and Gods, and each one is well crafted to include just enough info for the 3 to 5s. We have bought her books on festivals and now are exploring the ones about the Deities!
Ganesha s birthday is celebrated With fun and lots of fanfare His idols are placed on the rolling seas With ardent prayer and gentle care. Ganesha, loved by all Is the son of Shiva and Parvati. This is the story of his birth and how His elephant head came to be.
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4. The Little Book of Hindu Deities: From the Goddess of Wealth to the Sacred Cow by Sanjay Gupta
This book is not just about Lord Ganesha, but almost all the popular Gods, monsters demons, battles, everything! But the most attractive things about this little book are the illustrations and the fun way the story is told! This book would make a wonderful gift to any age group! Introducing our young ones to our Gods is not an easy task, but Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth author does a commendable job! Can’t wait to get our hands on his Ramayana book.
In The Little Book of Hindu Deities, Pixar animator Sanjay Patel brings to life Hinduism’s most important gods and goddesses in fun, full-color illustrations, each accompanied by a short, lively profile. The stories of Hindu mythology cover everything from love and jealousy to petty grievances and epic battles, with characters ranging from monsters and demons to noble warriors and divine divas. Find out why Ganesha has an elephant’s head (his father cut it off!) and why Kali, the Goddess of Time, is known as “The Black One” (she’s a bit goth).
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A very Happy Vinayaka Chathurthi to you and yours from us! I hope you find a way past all the hurdles in your journey to your fulfillment.