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We’ve started of the Ganpati celebrations on a very very happy note! The twins and I just finished reading the most awesomely cute Ganpatiji storybook ever.
Called “Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth”, the brains behind this delightful kiddy book are Emily Hayne and Sanjay Patel. The portrayal of the Ganesha as a child first and god second makes kids connect with the story in an elemental way–Ganesha is shown jumping rope, dancing to music, and ringing bells with his trunk.
What I loved most about it is that in spite of being a typical kiddy book it manages to get the point about the best parts of Hinduism across in beautiful, colourful way that makes it believable for adults and children alike.
This colorful picture book retells the story of how the Hindu god Ganesha helped to write the Mahabharata, the epic poem of Hindu literature. Ganesha is just like any ordinary boy, expect for one small thing, he has the head of an elephant and rides along with his friend the magical mouse.
Ganesha’s weaknesses are sweets and he especially loves the traditional dessert laddoo. Ganesha cannot resist biting into any laddoo dessert, and when he bites into a super jumbo "jawbreaker" laddoo his tusk breaks right off! Ganesha becomes awfully upset, but Vyasa, a wise poet, soon makes him realize that what seems broken can become useful after all. With the help of Ganesha and his broken tusk, the epic poem the Mahabharata gets written.
The best part is that the story is retold in a child-friendly manner that would catch the reader’s attention and encourage them to research the story and the Hindu religion further.
The colours used in the illustrations are bright, vivid and hold the kids attention. Beautiful patterns are incorporated into the design of every page. The illustrations actually energize you as you flip through each page.
It has a great moral story attached to it as well-of strength. Ganesha looks at his broken tusk as a flaw, but poet Vyas shows him that what may not seem pretty and useful, may be beautiful and valuable to another. This is a great lesson that children can take from this charming story.
My four year old nephew summed it up best when he said he enjoyed the book because “it was scary when the tusk broke, but I like that the tusk helped him draw.”
Have a happy Ganesh Chaturthi everyone!
Ganpati Bappa Moreya !