The Littlest Giant

The Littlest Giant

The Story of Vamana

Book - 2014
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Retells a myth found in the Bhagavata Purana in which Vamana, one of the avatars of Vishnu, teaches King Bali a lesson about greed.
Publisher: San Rafael, California :, Insight Kids,, 2014.
ISBN: 9781608873036
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Moore, Emma V - Illustrator

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FindingJane Oct 22, 2014

This delightful snippet from an ancient text is a whimsical lesson about greed and features a trickster god in disguise (incarnation) and the greedy king he humbles. The narrative contains a storylike, rhythmic cadence as an ambitious ruler undergoes three trials to find happiness and loses his possessions in three steps. Incongruously accompanied by a small mouse, perhaps the monarch already realizes that happiness is to be found in unlikely places.

The illustrations are brilliant, featuring vibrant hues on every page. The Supreme Person Vishnu is a truly handsome deity with multiple arms and blue skin, attired in flowing golden raiments. The king is no less resplendently dressed although not quite as good looking as the god himself. All in all, this is a charming storybook for children. Read it aloud!

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