Book of the Week: Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth

Book of the Week

Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth by Sanjay Patel & Emily Haynes

Published: 2012  by Chronicle Books

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

I love how this book opens with an explanation of who Ganesha is and what he represents in Hindu culture.

Ganesha for those of you who do not know is a Hindu got. He’s depicted as having four arms, a body that is a “tad chubby”, and has an elephant’s head.

The first thing that really attracted me to this book was the colors. It seems that ever color of the rainbow is present and accounted for.

Because of all those vivid colors, the story is a cheerful one.

Ganesha was just like most kids: he likes to dance, swim, play cricket, swing by his trunk, and even jump rope.

Ganesha is a “tad chubby” because he likes sweets.

Speaking of teeth, Ganesha, the elephant headed god, doesn’t have any teeth. He has one large tusk.

Ganesha has a teeny, tiny, magical sidekick – Mr. Mouse.

Ganesha collects sweets from temples in his neighborhood temples.

This book shows young readers that even though they may not want to share their goodies, it’s nice and the right thing to do.

Ganesha shares his treats with Mr. Mouse, but only one piece at a time.

Ganesha’s favorite treat is the laddoo a traditional Indian desert.

Each page of this book is a different color.

One day when Mr. Mouse and Ganesha are looking for treats they discover a new laddoo – a jawbreaker.

Ganesha is SUPER happy to find a new treat.

Mr. Mouse isn’t only a sidekick he’s a great friend. Since the jawbreaker is new and unknown to both of them, he warns Ganesha that if he eats the new laddoo they may break his tusk.

I love how this book shows young readers that we are all human and we all make mistakes.

Ganesha may be a powerful god, but he should have listened to Mr. Mouse.

He really shouldn’t have eaten that jawbreaker. Mr. Mouse was right, his tusk breaks right off the moment Ganesha chomps down.

Mr. Mouse tries everything to fix his tusk. He tries taping in, stapling it, toothbrush-ing it, and even sewing it.

Nothing worked.

I really love how the page colors as well as the shades of illustrations change to reflect the shift in Ganesha’s mood.  Obviously, he’s sad after losing his tusk.

He isn’t only sad, he’s also embarrassed.

I love how this book shows readers that are perception of ourselves is always different from others perceptions.

This book also shows that friends stick by your side, through thick and thin, good times and bad times.

When Ganesha flings his broken tusk into the night he has a stroke of good luck. His tusk hits the head of an old man who could use Ganesha’s help.

All of the illustrations are spectacular, but I particularly LOVE the illustration of the moon featured in this book.

The old man name’s is Vyasa, and he is a poet.

He needs Ganesha and his tusk to help him write a very special scribe  for an exceptionally long poem.

Vyasa has tried a number of writing instruments, all of which haven’t helped him.

But Ganesha’s tusk is just what is needed.

The poem is about the beginning of things and is called the Mahabharata.

The Mahabharata is one hundred thousand verses long.

Mr. Mouse stuffs himself while Ganesha is busy writing. Now he’s the chubby one!

This book is a book that all readers call learn from. It teachers reader about a different culture and that cultures beliefs.

The authors note explains that the story of Ganesha and his broken tooth is a popular story in Hindu Mythology.

I love how this story contains foreign words. They are sprinkled about the text.

The writing is as vivid as the illustrations.

Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth would make a great bedtime story.

I loved how this book piqued my curiosity. After reading I want to know more about the Hindu culture, the legends, and the myths.