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Elephant Prince: The Story of Ganesh

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Elephant-headed and big-bellied, mischievous and sweet, the god Ganesh is one of the most familiar faces in the world. But why does he have the head of an elephant? Set in the Himalayas in a time of gods and goddesses, Elephant Prince tells the story of a remarkable bond between a mother and her son, a remorseful god, a generous elephant and the boy who became Ganesh. Belg ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 14th 2004 by Mandala Publishing (first published September 10th 2004)
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Shikhajaya Ganesh Kavita Iyer
Ganesh ji is a very mischievous boy
A Hindu story of how Ganesh came to have the head of an elephant.

Some things I found very interesting in this story:

*Parvati, the mother of Ganesh, was a goddess and a princess.
*Shiva, the god who built the world and Parvat's husband, was blue. In fact, many of the male gods were blue.
*There are two versions of this story. The more popular version was probably too scary for a children's story. In that version, Shiva chops off Ganesh's head. Of course he doesn't realize that Ganesh is his son. H
Novesky, A., & Wedman, B. K. (2004). The Elephant Prince: The Story of Ganesh. San Rafael, Calif.: Mandala.

Subgroup: Beliefs/gods
Genre: Myth
Topics: Indian culture, Indian gods, Ganesh, Goddess Parvati, Lord Shiva, Lord Shani, God Vishnu
Synopsis: This mythical book is about the story of how Lord Ganesh got the head of an elephant. Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva had a son (Lord Ganesh) and Parvati is eager to show Lord Shani her son. As joyful as she is, her joy soon turns into horror because
Feb 29, 2016 Margaretann rated it really liked it
A Hindu fairytale - Alana was drawn to the rich watercolor illustrations. I personally was not familiar with the story of the Hindu gods Parvati, Shiva and Shani so I found it interesting.
Jennifer Borduin
The Illustrations are GORGEOUS. Even my 2 1/2 year old daughter finds the pictures captivating. While I don't know for certain the accuracy of the fable, the story is told in a child friendly, pleasant way that engages the listener and shows them the historic beliefs of an old religion.
Feb 26, 2013 Maeve rated it it was amazing
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Interesting story about Ganesh's birth. Also, has great illustrations. This would be cool for an "Around the World" storytime.
Mar 31, 2008 Mimi rated it really liked it
this wasn't how my dad told me the story. but the pictures or so beautiful. one of maitri's favs.
Aug 06, 2014 Dawn rated it it was amazing
Beautiful illustrations and a new telling of Ganesha's birth that I had never heard!
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