Saturday, January 5, 2013

In December we continued our mythology and history romp around the world and spent a fair amount of time in ancient India. We hit the jackpot here as pretty much every book I stumbled upon was an amazing discovery. This week I will focus on mythology books and cover Buddhist tales next week.

Elephant Friend

When I start a new section in mythology, I automatically check out if Marcia Williams have a book on that. I just love this author and illustrator. Her Elephant Friend and Other Tales from Ancient India is wonderful and can be read to very young children as each story is only one or two pages long and they are all gorgeously illustrated in her signature comic style. I’ve never read majority of the stories before, and it would be an interesting lesson to compare and contrast these stories with legends from other cultures – some are similar and some are quite different!

Hindu Stories

We read a somewhat different version of Hindu Stories than the one pictured here, but the book was quite good and gave a fascinating introduction to Gods and Goddesses of Hinduism. It’s interesting to see how very different Indian stories are from the stories of ancient Greeks or Egyptians, but some motifs are still the same. The book also ties ancient stories to the holidays and festivals celebrated in India (and here in Silicon Valley) today.

How Parvati got Shiva

Our library has several individual books about Indian Gods and Goddesses from the series called Classic Indian Stories for Children. If your library has them, I highly recommend them for older children. The stories are long and not necessarily suitable in content for preschoolers, but the illustrations are gorgeous, and older kids will find the stories quite interesting. In How Parvati Won the Heart of Shiva a girl goes to extreme lengths to win the heart of her beloved. Sometimes even goddesses don’t get what they want without serious effort and sacrifice – a good lesson for my daughter Smile

7 comments:

Erica MomandKiddo said...

Interesting list!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

All of these sound lovely! How neat to find a series of all-great books!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

All of these sound lovely! How neat to find a series of all-great books!

KidWorldCitizen.org said...

These look great- love the colors, especially the first book!! I will look for them at our local library. I love teaching my kids about cultures through children's lit.

Ticia said...

I"m loving her fascination with all things mythology because it lets me collect a great list of books for when we cycle around to Ancient History next year........

Oh, have you read any of the color fairy books by Andrew Lang? Anna might appreciate them.

Kim said...

We're working our way through Story of the World, too, and it has been great to have your lists of supplementary reading. Thank you!

Anya said...

We are studying Ancient India now, so these books all look very interesting to me. Thank you for sharing!