Looking for Lord Ganesh
Written by Mahtab Narsimhan and illustrated by Sonja Wimmer
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Mahtab, in Persian, means moonlight. She was born in Bombay and immigrated to Canada in 1997. Her debut novel in the Tara Trilogy, The Third Eye (Dundurn, 2007), won the Silver Birch Fiction Award in 2009. The Tiffin (DCB, 2011), a middle-grade novel based loosely on the dabbawallas, has received critical acclaim, was shortlisted for many awards, and named one of the five Best Books for Young People in 2011 by the Quill & Quire. It has been published in the UK, China and Taiwan. Her most recent novel, Mission Mumbai, will be published by Scholastic US and Canada in Spring 2016. Mahtab lives in Toronto with her husband, son, and golden retriever. She continues to write, inspired by life, love and the desire to make sense of the world through stories. For more information, please visit her website at www.mahtabnarsimhan.com.
Sonja loves painting pictures and telling stories. After studying and working for some years as a graphic designer in her home town of Munich and Brussels, she decided to pack her suitcase and move to Barcelona to study Illustration at the “Llotja” Arts and Crafts School. Since then she lives between brushes and all kinds of wonderful tales, working as a freelance illustrator for publishing houses and other clients around the world. Over the past few years, many of her books have won awards in the United States. You can find out more about her work here: http://www.sonjawimmer.com/.
“Illustrating means for me the opportunity to bring a little light to people, to move them, and to make them laugh, reflect and dream.”
Who is Lord Ganesh?
Ganesh, also known as Ganesha (गणेश), Vinayaka (विनायक) or Pillaiyar (பிள்ளையார்) is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, and one of the most popular Gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe he is the God of Wisdom, Knowledge and New Beginnings. He is also called the Remover of Obstacles and is known to have 32 avatars. The festival of Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated between the months of August and September. Ganesha is worshipped for 10 days after which the clay figure is immersed in water. In ancient times, this ritual was believed to have purified the drinking water. Personally, I have always been fascinated by Lord Ganesh who has the head of an elephant and the body of a human. How he got the elephant’s head is a fascinating story…definitely worth Googling!
Mahtab Narsimhan, author of Looking for Lord Ganesh
Author: Mahtab Narsimhan
Illustrator: Sonja Wimmer
Format: Paperback or ebook (ePub for iBooks)
Release date: 11th April 2016
Page number: 32
Age range: 7-11 years old
ISBN (paperback): 978-0-9932253-6-9
ISBN (ebook): 978-0-9932253-7-6
Product dimensions: 24cm x 24cm
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