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Fantastic Adventures of Krishna, The
Fantastic Adventures of Krishna, The
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Children’s Books
Hinduism

Price:  $19.95

ISBN:  978-1-937786-05-2
Book Size:  10" × 10"
# of Pages:  44
Language:  English



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This is another of the richly illustrated children’s books in the Wisdom Tales series. The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna, written and illustrated by award-winning author and artist Demi, is a simple retelling of the stories Hindus have told over millenia regarding the birth, life, and miracles of Sri Krishna. The narrative starts with the cosmic conditions that brought about Sri Krishna’s birth, relates many of the challenges he faced from forces of evil as he grew from a boy to a man, and finishes with his establishment of peace and joy in his homeland and his departure to do the same for other people.

Demi has condensed a number of incidents from the life of Krishna into the highlights of his feats, both in dynamic paintings and narratives. She does not go into the symbolism of the demons that Krishna must overcome or the meaning of the cosmic events that require his intervention. This is a book for children, who will surely marvel at his powers, courage, and feats — and his selflessness in the service of restoring peace and goodness to his people and the entire cosmos.

AWARDS

  • Finalist for 2013 Midwest Books Award in the category “Illustration: Graphic”
  • Finalist for 2013 Foreword Review “Book of the Year” Award in the category “Juvenile Nonfiction”
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Detailed Description of The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna

This is another of the richly illustrated children’s books in the Wisdom Tales series. The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna, written and illustrated by award-winning author and artist Demi, is a simple retelling of the stories Hindus have told over millenia regarding the birth, life, and miracles of Sri Krishna. The narrative starts with the cosmic conditions that brought about Sri Krishna’s birth, relates many of the challenges he faced from forces of evil as he grew from a boy to a man, and finishes with his establishment of peace and joy in his homeland and his departure to do the same for other people.

Demi has condensed a number of incidents from the life of Krishna into the highlights of his feats, both in dynamic paintings and narratives. She does not go into the symbolism of the demons that Krishna must overcome or the meaning of the cosmic events that require his intervention. This is a book for children, who will surely marvel at his powers, courage, and feats — and his selflessness in the service of restoring peace and goodness to his people and the entire cosmos.

Once again, Demi brings to life mythic scenes and times in a way that is both magical and memorable. Each page is filled with vibrant colors and detailed paintings of characters and scenes of faraway worlds that come to life in front of us. Readers, whether young or older, will experience the stories and images that have been an essential part of Hindu belief since time immemorial. The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna is sure to bring the spirit of ancient India closer to Western readers, but it also is, simply put, an amazing adventure story for any time and place!

Look in the “Excerpts” section below to view two pdf spreads of the exceptionally vivid paintings and the text by master illustrator Demi.

AWARDS

  • Finalist for 2013 Midwest Books Award in the category “Illustration: Graphic”
  • Finalist for 2013 Foreword Review “Book of the Year” Award in the category “Juvenile Nonfiction”


About the Author(s)

Demi

Demi is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator. She has published over 130 books during her career. Born in Cambridge, MA, she studied art at the Instituto Allende, Mexico; with Sister Corita at the Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles; and was a Fulbright scholar at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India where she received her Master’s degree. Well known for her biographies of pivotal historical and spiritual figures such as Buddha, Krishna, Lao Tzu, Jesus, Mary, Muhammad, Rumi, Saint Francis, Gandhi, and the Dalai Lama, her book The Empty Pot was selected by former First Lady Barbara Bush in 1990 as one of the books to be read on the ABC Radio Network Program Mrs. Bush’s Story Time, sponsored by the Children's Literacy Initiative.

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Reviews of The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna

“Set in a peaceful kingdom in India more than 5000 years ago, this story begins as demon kings start disposing of all the good and wise rulers. In answer to a plea for help, the god Vishnu returns to Earth to restore peace in the form of a child named Krishna. He is raised by two loving cowherds and grows up to be clever and loving. The current ruler, King Kamsa, is not pleased and tries to dispose of Krishna in a variety of ways. The boy, using his phenomenal strength and other amazing powers, is able to thwart the evil king’s messengers, including giant snakes, forest fires, and a cranelike demon. Finally, a threat against his parents pushes Krishna to confront the evil king himself. Upon Kamsa’s death, the good king is released from prison and, once again, love and joy reign. Krishna then travels far and wide helping people live in peace and harmony. This tale serves as an introduction to one of Hinduism’s most renowned figures, who features prominently in sacred scriptures. The mixed-media illustrations have intricate borders and are the focus of each page with the text off to the sides. The beautiful, full-color images are detailed in Demi’s recognizable style. Krishna, depicted with blue-colored skin, is easily identified on every page. A meaningful addition to folktale collections. (PreS–Gr4)”
School Library Journal



The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna are retold by Demi in a lovely book for kids ages 6 and older who have good reading skills and an interest in Krishna stories. The story of Krishna dates back to the 8th century BCE, and is a foundation of Hindu belief: this picture book retells the tale and recounts a host of Krishna encounters, imparting a dose of spirituality and moral insight perfect for discussion with kids in the 6 and older age range. There are few Krishna stories for kids, making this a fine recommendation.”
Children's Bookwatch, a review publication of Midwest Book Review



“Author/illustrator Demi (The Conference of the Birds) retells the tale of how Lord Vishnu, ‘the greatest of all the gods,’ came to Earth as a child, Krishna, in order to ‘destroy all the evil demon kings and bring peace once again to the [E]arth.’ The stories begin with his astounding escape as an infant from evil King Kamsa’s prison and his adoption into a cowherd family, then continue with tales of Krishna’s naughty childhood (stealing butter), phenomenal strength (lifting a mountain with his finger), and miraculous powers (swallowing a forest fire’s flames). Each spread contains centered paintings framed by finely detailed, colorful, and ornate borders set against a pale beige backdrop. Text appears low on each page; empty space above draws the reader’s focus to the illustration. Krishna, distinguished by blue flesh, appears either playing or dancing with animals and friends his size, or thwarting the king’s increasingly elaborate attempts to murder him by conquering enormous demon animals or gods. More visually arresting than plot driven, this compilation of stories offers an accessible introduction to one of Hinduism’s central figures. Ages 4–8. (Mar.) ”
Publishers Weekly



“Introduce your little ones to the stories of Krishna with The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna, written and illustrated by Demi. This delightful picture book condenses these classic tales into a version more easily understood by children, and is accompanied vibrant illustrations that kids will be pleased by. This book is a wonderful way to introduce your youngest readers to the tales of Krishna, and the simplified tale of good versus evil will keep them eagerly turning the pages until the end.”
San Francisco Book Review, from a review by Holly Scudero


Excerpts from The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna

From the web site of our children's book imprint, Wisdom Tales, we have two links below that show how the book looks in detail. Click on one of the links below to open a pdf of the page spreads to see samples of the text and illustrations in The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna. The text and illustrations are both by award-winning artist and author Demi. Note: If your browser displays pdf files itself, rather than opening pdf files in Adobe Reader, you may see the pages one above the other, rather than as a “spread,” which is how they would look when the book is opened and showing two pages side-by-side. To see a more accurate view of the pages, right-click on a link and select “Save Target As” or “Save link as” and save the pdf file to your computer; you can then open it with Adobe Reader.



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