My daughter is a fan of Hanuman. Of all the stories of Gods and Goddesses she heard from my mother, she loves Hanuman the best. Why you ask? Perhaps because he is closest to a contemporary superhero from our indian mythology. He is brave, courageous, can grow and shrink himself and most of all, he can fly!
I bought “Amma Tell me about Hanuman by Bhakti Mathur” to give my daughter some more books on Hindu Mythology that are made for kids without the violent imagery and with a contemporary take on Hanuman’s story. And the book is all that and more. Part one is about Hanuman’s birth and childhood.
Bhakti writes in rhyming couplets, Dr. Seuss-ish, which was a lot of fun for my 4 yr old daughter!
And since it was at the boy’s chin
That the force of my thunderbolt sped,
He shall henceforth be called ‘Hanuman’ –
The one with the distinctive chin, ” he said.
I did not know why Hanuman was called Hanuman and now I know because of the book. The author has done her research and written the book to appeal to kids today.
She casts Hanuman as “the first Superman the world has seen” and ends with a small subtle lesson of “With Great Power comes Great Responsibility” a la Spiderman
She casts Hanuman as “the first Superman the world has seen” and ends with a small subtle lesson of “With Great Power comes Great Responsibility” a la Spiderman. Needless to say, we loved the book!
What we loved:
1. A Contemporary take on Hanuman without changing the actual story.
2. Apt modern illustrations by Maulshree Somani.
3. Rhyming sentences. It makes reading aloud a lot of fun!
4. And I learned 2 things from this book: How Hanuman came to be called Hanuman and that Hanuman is cursed to forget his powers and only remembers it when he is reminded of it when he leaps to Lanka!