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Sacred River: The Ganges of India

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  28 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
All rivers in India are sacred, and the Ganges most of all. Every year, more than one million Hindu pilgrims journey to Benares to renew themselves in its waters. Caldecott Honor medalist Ted Lewin joined the pilgrims at the river's edge for an experience he describes as one of the most unforgettable of his life. His luminous watercolors and simple, evocative text ...more
Paperback, 40 pages
Published October 20th 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1995)
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Julie Suzanne
These illustrations are some of the most beautiful I've ever seen--realistic enough to be enhanced photos. Later today, I was searching for this book on goodreads and saw books about the same topic that had real photos on the cover--it's amazing how the experience was the same. I think I saved myself a trip, as this was enough for me.
Mar 10, 2013 Renee rated it liked it
The Sacred River is a children’s book about the existence and exploration of a four thousand year old Hindu tradition. Every year more than one million Hindu pilgrims travel to the sacred Ganges River. The Sacred River is a narrative informational book. As a teacher, I would draw a picture of a river, with boats and voyagers, as a back drop for working on vowel sounds, short and long, from words in the book. The writer and illustrator Ted Lewin was interested in art and illustrations as a young ...more
May 04, 2015 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Gorgeously vivid illustrations and a simple narrative bring this story alive for children. The topic is very serious and factual and most appropriate for older school-age children. We discussed the various locations mentioned in this book, which were also mentioned in Molly Moon's Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure.

Our girls wanted to borrow the book, but then never selected it for reading time. When I started reading it, they weren't too thrilled, but they came around quickly as they noticed the v
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Sep 16, 2014 Mika Perez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-liy
I absolutely loved this book. I'm a person who's always been enthralled with cultures and traveling and, in a very kid friendly way, Ted Lewin made this all available for his readers. There was no confusion on what he was saying in his book, it was very straight forward that he was describing the sacred act of purifying ones soul in the Ganges River. Not just the words were great though, the illustrations were gorgeous and colorful. In general, the book was very attention grabbing and ...more
Feb 20, 2009 Moe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 3rd-grade
I liked the illustrations BEST. I learned that in India, instead of burying dead people, they burn them in funeral pyres and scattered the ashes in the water. Yuck! Maybe I can go there and take a bath in the water.

Katie Logonauts
This incredibly-illustrated book tells about the importance of the Ganges River and highlights the interactions of individuals with the river during the course of a day. The story concludes with details about Hindu cremation and scattering in the river.
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Informational with beautiful illustrations. This book makes me want to do a lesson about river resources with a class. This book could be read and tied into a social studies lesson.
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Beautiful, but I'm not sure the intended audience would appreciate it.
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