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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
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #846,536 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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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Great photography, Great message! Dec 29 1999
By Susanne - Published on
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
Combines text with beautiful paintings & superb photography Feb. 5 2001
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
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
Nice Book - Not Worth $80 April 21 2009
By C. Koch - Published on
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
Excellent book for all ages Nov. 17 2006
By Online Shopper - Published on
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Core essence of the Gita for children June 1 2013
By Pat P-E - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book itself was a very simplified version of the Gita for children. Many times I discovered that the names Krishna and Christ could be easily interchanged with regard to the message, which to me solidified my belief that at their core, most of the world's religions share a theme of universal love and acceptance.