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Manu and the Talking Fish

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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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Kendall Soffer
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Title: Manu and the Talking Fish
Author: Roberta Arenson
Illustrator:Roberta Arenson
Genre: Legend
Theme(s): kindness, friendship

Brief Book Summary:
Manu's life becomes changed when he rescues the life of a talking fish after the huge flood.

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Uma Krishnaswami (Children's Literature)
Arenson's vividly contrasting collages are the highlight of this variant of the flood tale from the Hindu traditions of the Indian subcontinent. The text, alas, doesn't quite measur
Kelli Ryne
Jul 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
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
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Manu and the talking fish by Roberta Arenson is a beautifully illustrated tale of friendship, warning and compassion. Showing similarities to the biblical story of Noah’s ark, the Indian tale discusses the great flood and what to do when it comes. This well written and eye catching book would be good in showing the different cultures and beliefs that exist. It would be a good account for the discussion of religious beliefs on a primary school level as it is accessible through the language it use ...more
Nitya Sivasubramanian
Nov 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3star, manu
When people ask about my son's name, I sometimes say it's the Hindu equivalent of Noah. It's not an accurate translation, but the stories are similar enough to satisfy the idly curious.

Manu was thrilled to see this book, mostly because he was incredibly amused to see his name in print. As we read the story together, I found myself cringing in places, because the book deviates so wildly from the myth I was told growing up, the same one I had been telling my Manu. I wasn't sure I would be able to
Tara Geske
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Cara Stone
Sep 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Katie Logonauts
This India flood story comes from Hindu mythology, but students will quickly notice the connections to the story of Noah and the ark. In this story it is the god Brahma, disguised as a fish, who finds goodness in the heart of Manu the fisherman and alerts him to the impending flood. A great way to help students compare and contrast similar ancient tales.
I liked this book. This book reminded me of Noah's arc. I like how the back of the book discussed how many cultures have their own version of this story. I would read this book during Spring because of all of the rain and visible animals.
Nov 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: spirituality
I love the illustrations. :)
Dec 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
It takes a different spin on the story of Noah, through an Indian Mythology. Very interesting way of seeing this story and of depicting the pictures.
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Title: Manu and the Talking Fish
Author: Roberta Arenson
Illustrator: Roberta Arenson
Genre: Legend
Theme(s): Friendship, kindness
Opening line/Sentence: “Manu was able to meditate through yoga and achieve Moksha, or enlightenment”

Brief Book Summary: This is a retell of the Indian story of Manu about a boy who saves the life of a fish. The fish he saved isn’t any ordinary fish; this fish can talk! Manu’s life is changed forever when he rescues this fish after a huge flood.

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