Manu and the Talking Fish
Manu is an Indian prince whose fate is changed forever when he saves the life of a little fish. The fish -- who is really the god Brahma in disguise -- can speak and see into the future. He rewards Manu for his kindness by warning him of the coming flood which will cover the earth. The fish tells Manu what he must do to save himself, and the whole world, from destruction.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Barefoot Books
(first published 2000)
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I used this book to teach a lesson on Hinduism with a student who was interested in Indian culture. What I loved about this book is that it allowed the student to see the roles various gods in Hinduism play, she could analyze the circular notion of time in Hinduism, and she was able to compare it to her own background in Judaism. As Manu and the Talking Fish is a story about the flood, she used her own schema about Noah's Ark to compare how time and interactions with gods/G-d differ between the...more
I thought this book was really interesting because it seems like it is the Indian version of the Biblical flood with Noah and God. I am Christian, so I know the Biblical story very well and it was very interesting to hear another version of it. Kids would really enjoy this book for many reasons. The book starts out with Manu thinking about how the world works and asking himself many questions about it. The questions he asks could be very similar to questions kids have about the world. Also, the...more
Sep 26, 2010 Cara Stone rated it 4 of 5 stars
Prince Manu was always curious about the world around him. One day, as he was fishing, he encountered a talking fish (the god Brahma in disguise) who needed to be rescued. In exchange for saving him, the fish tells Manu of the great flood that is coming and tells him to build a ship, gather the animals and wise men, and build a new home after the rains have stopped. Fantastic collage illustrations made from painted and printed papers (watercolor, oil pastel, crayon, stenciled monoprints). Recomm...more