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Children / Folklore & Religion
“Vatsala Sperling has treated such a complex theme with eloquence and skill. The refined illustrations add even more life to the drama and captivate our imagination. Vatsala’s storytelling is authentic--this book is a must-read for parents and children alike!”
--Shubhraji, founder of the Namah Vedanta Center
We are all born for a purpose, though sometimes it is not clear to us what it is. In this tale of good versus evil, cousin versus cousin, Prince Arjuna knew that his purpose, his dharma, was to fight in the battle against his greedy and cruel cousin, Prince Duryodhana. Yet his own relatives and friends were on the opposing side. With a lot of soul searching and divine advice from the god Krishna, Arjuna bravely chooses to fulfill his destiny as a warrior with compassion and kindness, restoring peace, justice, and prosperity to his kingdom.
This adaptation for children of the classic epic the Mahabharata is beautifully illustrated with paintings created in a centuries-old method traditional to India. Richly detailed, the paintings bring to life the colorful cast of characters as well as Arjuna’s inner conflict and the trials he faces on the path of loyalty, justice, and peace.
VATSALA SPERLING, Ph.D., a native of India, learned these stories at her mother’s feet and enjoys introducing them to children of the Western world. She is the author of several books in this series, including most recently The Magical Adventures of Krishna.
NONA WELTEVREDE got in touch with Indian culture at a young age by watching his father and his father’s mentor, Harish Johari, paint. A graduate of the Dutch Academy of Art and Design, St. Joost, he lives in Buren, Holland.
PIETER WELTEVREDE began his artistic studies with Harish Johari in 1977 and also studied with Shri Chandra Bal. He has illustrated several books in this series, including Ganga and Ram the Demon Slayer.