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In this elegant read, we ventured into the world and land of India, the God Krishna, and Hinduism in the book The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna by author/illustrator Demi.
When a peaceful kingdom is overtaken by an evil demon, the gods send the child Krishna to the rescue. Hidden amongst the poor and peaceful cow herds, his amazing powers can’t stay hidden from the evil demon king for long. Soon he is under attack from giant birds, a whirlwind demon, and a snake eight miles long. The question is, will Krishna be able to defeat the evil demon king and save the people from his terrible reign?
Using intricate borders, and colorfully engaging illustrations, Demi weaves together a tale of intrigue, mystery, awe, and wonder as we watch Krishna accomplish many amazing feats. He lifts a mountain with one finger as well as swallows a forest fire in one gulp. He danced on the head of a fire-breathing poisonous snake making its poison and fire disappear. Author Demi opens a window into the world of Krishna for all to see.
The sheer beauty of this book captivated us as we were transported into the world of the demon kings, Krishna, and his solutions to complex problems.
Krishna, at the end of many trials and tribulations, leaves us with these words:
“Everything I have done has been for the peace of the world. For my sake, fill the days and nights of your life with love for all beings. Rejoice, for I shall always be with you in my thoughts.”
The rest of his time here on earth finds Krishna traveling far and wide helping all of humankind and showing them how to live together in peace and joy. Grab your copy of this wonderful multicultural book for kids HERE.
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Something to Do
Though we’ve had several Hindu friends from India throughout the years, we actually knew very little about the god Krishna and Hinduism. We used the book The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna as an invitation to meet the Hindu world. Our first stop was to have a closer look at this religion and the people who practice it.
Hinduism is the world’s oldest religion. Traces of the religion can be found as far back as 10,000 B.C. . The Hindu scriptures The Rig Veda, were composed around 6500 B.C. Though there are many variations in their tenets of belief, these are the 4 which make-up the essence of the religion.
- Dharma (Ethics and Duties)
- Samsara (Reincarnation and Re-Birth)
- Karma (Right Action. The idea of what goes around comes around.
- Moksha ( Liberation from the cycle of Reincarnation)
Hinduism is a polytheistic religion meaning they have more than one god. Hinduism believes that there is only one supreme Absolute god called Brahman. All of the thousands of Hindu gods and goddesses worshiped are actually aspects of the god Brahman. The Hindu texts are written in a language called Sanskrit. Their major texts are the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata which is Krishna’s story.
Krishna is the 8th reincarnation of the god Vishnu and one of the most popular gods in Hinduism. Krishna means the All Attractive One, the Unique Supreme Personality. The Hindus believe in holding the essence of consciousness of Krishna through, yoga, knowledge, meditation, and religion. Hindi The sacred Hindu texts are written in Sanskrit . Sanskrit is the written language and the spoken language is called Hindi. Want to try your hand at Hindi ? Be sure to try to speak a few phrases as well as write a few phrases.
The sacred Hindu texts are written in Sanskrit but the spoken version of that is called Hindi. Let’s try a little for ourselves! Be sure to try both speaking and writing.
Nowadays yoga is such a popular form of exercise and fitness, but did you know that it comes from Hinduism ? During a yoga session, one puts their bodies in different poses to create a balance between one’s mind, their body, and their spirit. Incorporated into Yoga are moments of meditation and deep breathing.
I found this really fun video series called Cosmic Kids Yoga. It entertained us for quite a while and the kids keep asking if they can watch the next episode.
From Positively Positive and Jodi Komitor is a great article on the Top 10 Benefits of Yoga for Children.
(photo by positivelypositive)
Happy Janmashtami – Krishna Janmashtami or better known as Happy Birthday Lord Krishna
This holiday is celebrated throughout India and Hindu communities around the world. Krishna’s birthday falls in August or September each year.
During the celebration skits are performed recreating the many feats of Krishna. Take the book The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna and reenact the many adventures of Lord Krishna. Here’s a wonderful video of holiday skits being performed by kids from Southern California. May it give you some great ideas for your reenactment.
People decorate their homes, temples, and streets with very colorful decorations and lights.
( photo by incultureParent)
Here’s a lantern/Deepan tutorial for you to celebrate and decorate your home with Janmashtami .
The holiday is welcomed with sweet dishes prepared with Krishna’s favorite ingredients Milk & Curds
Til ki Kheer (Sesame Pudding)
1/4 cup or 100 gm White Sesame Seeds
1/4 cup or 100 gm shredded coconut fresh or dry
1 Cup 40 gm Sugar
1 tbsp Raisins
1 tbsp Cashew nuts broken and soaked in warm water
4-5 no Green Cardamom
1 ltr Full cream milk
1 can Condensed milk
1. Dry roast the sesame seeds and then crush them. Keep aside.
2. Pour milk in a sauce pan and boil for 10 minutes. Stir continuously.
3. Then add condensed milk and stir and cook for another 8-10 minutes.
4. Now put crushed cardamoms and sugar. Stir continuously.
5. Add roasted sesame seeds and shredded coconut. Keep on stirring. Cook for 10-12 minutes.
6. Pour in a serving dish and garnish with raisins and cashew nuts.
Demi has created two beautiful coloring pages from The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna
Click here for the first, which is a large (8.5″ x 11″, 258k) image of Krishna playing his flute. This coloring page should be fun for even young children to try—Remember, Krishna’s skin color is blue!
Click here for the second coloring page (8.5″ x 11″, 456k). It will be more challenging because it has numerous dancing Krishnas and cow maids (gopis),which are smaller and probably need a more precise hand and colored pencils or fine-point markers.
Experience the magical story of a family of foxes that took up residence right in the front yard of the author and publisher, Valarie Budayr. The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden offers an enthusiastically educational opportunity to observe this fox family grow and learn together.
From digging and hunting to playing and resting, this diary shares a rare glimpse into the private lives of Momma Rennie and her babies. Come watch as they navigate this wildly dangerous but still wonderful world. Great to share with your children or students, The Fox Diaries speaks to the importance of growing and learning both individually and as a family unit. It is a perfect book for story time or family sharing. Not only can you read about the daily rituals of this marvelous fox family, there is an information-packed resource section at the end of the book that includes lots of facts and even a few “fox movies” that you can enjoy with your family. Grab your copy of this beautiful and inspiring book HERE.