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Our Most Dear Friend: An Illustrated Bhagavad-Gita for Children Hardcover – Jan 1 1996

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Torchlight Publishing (Jan. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887089047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887089043
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 0.9 x 28.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #918,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ages 5^-8. The Bhagavad-gita, one of the holy writings of the Hindu religion, is presented here as a story that will be accessible to children. It begins in long-ago India when Arjuna Pandava is about to fight a war and asks Lord Krishna for aid and advice. Krishna, the supreme Lord, plays the part of a chariot driver and describes to Pandava the workings of the spiritual world: "When your service to Me never stops and is done only for My pleasure, and when you are friendly to every living being, I will lead you from this world of birth and death." Krishna describes the soul's presence in every living thing, how all living things are part of the Creator, and introduces reincarnation (though not by that name). The eye-catching art is an amalgam of traditional Hindu artwork and modern photography. These montages can be quite dramatic, as in a tableau that traces the ages of man, beginning with a newborn and ending with a pile of bones. Libraries serving an Indian population will want this; others may find that it adds diversity to their collection. Ilene Cooper

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Our Most Dear Friend presents the essence of the Bhagavad-gita, the timeless scripture that forms the basis of India's sublime spiritual culture. Through the simple yet captivating paintings, text and photographic montages, children of every race, nationality and religion will deepen their understanding of God, themselves, their relationship with God and all his children everywhere.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa324366c) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3441bf4) out of 5 stars Great photography, Great message! Dec 29 1999
By Susanne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Vishaka's Bhagavad-gita for Children has been one of my 11-yr. old's favorite books since we first purchased it 3 years ago. Kids of almost any age can appreciate the brightly-colored, mind-capturing illustrations/photographs, and the spiritual message of the Bhagavad-gita is presented at just the right reading level for elementary-grade readers to understand. All in all, the presentation is very attractive and will appeal to any child, anywhere. This book provides a great yet subtle way to introduce good values and principles of good character into the minds of our children, as well as a healthy respect for the concept of a supreme, loving God.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa30bcfb4) out of 5 stars Combines text with beautiful paintings & superb photography Feb. 5 2001
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Our Most Dear Friend is an excellent picturebook introduction for young readers to the Bhagavad-gita, the world's oldest religious scripture. This "Song of God" originated about five thousands years ago and is still read and revered by 850 million Hindus around the world. Highly recommended for school and community multicultural picturebook collections. Our Most Dear Friend combines text with beautiful paintings and superb photography.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3441d14) out of 5 stars Nice Book - Not Worth $80 April 21 2009
By C. Koch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is just a quick review I would have found useful:
I was looking for supplementary material for a religion class I am teaching. I needed material that was true to the religion but not above my audience. Therefore, this is definitely a CHILDREN's book in that it is the length that you could read it to your child before bedtime. The price is because this is out of print and should not deceive you about the length. Besides that, what the other reviewers say is true. It is a nice looking book that clearly communicates ideas from the Bhagavad-Gita to kids and novices. In the end, it worked well for me, but was shorter than I thought it would be.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2e724d4) out of 5 stars Excellent book for all ages Nov. 17 2006
By Online Shopper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The illustrations in this book are absolutely beautiful and are appealing to even the youngest reader. The simple narration is great for young readers. This is a book that will grow with my child so he can enjoy it for years to come.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2e72090) out of 5 stars The Book Binding Needs Work Feb. 9 2012
By Jennifer Bardsley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My son and I are embarking on a reading list designed to teach him about the religions of the world by starting off with one of the most ancient religious texts of all times, the Bhagavad-gita. Our family belongs to the United Methodist church, so introducing Hinduism to my six year old might seem a bit odd. But the motto of my church is "Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors", and this is something that our household tries to follow. We have enough confidence in our own beliefs to boldly explore onward with our children

There weren't many options for books about the Bhagavad-gita for children, and perhaps there are better choices out there, but I purchased Our Most Dear Friend: An Illustrated Bhagavad-gita for Children because the price was right!

This is not a book about Hinduism for Western children, this seems to be a book by Hindus, for Hindus. That's okay with me. The book binding itself was quite horrible and I needed to reinforce part of it with mailing tape after just one reading. But if you can get past that part, the book is pretty neat. The pictures vary from beautiful, to bizarre, to beautifully bizarre. Major concepts about the sanctity of life and soul are clearly explained in a child appropriate way.