The Littlest Giant The Story of Vamana

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Product Description

King Bali is not a bad soul; he’s just ambitious. He wants big things! As a consequence, he doesn’t have friends. What he does have is an evil adviser named Shukra, who is even more ambitious than the king. When King Bali is visited by a tiny sage, Shukra is suspicious and warns the king to stay away. In this retelling of an ancient story from the Sanskrit histories, King Bali learns that big things can come in small packages — and that sometimes a small courtesy can bring big rewards. Illustrator Emma Moore applies luminescent colors and dynamic perspectives to her visualization of this tale of big and little, adapted from India’s beloved “Ten Avatars.” Author Joshua M. Greene’s elegant and direct storytelling renders an otherwise esoteric subject accessible and relevant for contemporary young readers.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews: "Full-bleed, vividly colored illustrations, reminiscent of Indian religious posters, show Vamana with his traditional umbrella. The author’s note mentions the original source, a Sanskrit text called the Bhagavata Purana . . . A wisdom tale that children of any background can understand. (Folk tale. 7-10)."

About the Author

Joshua M Greene, Author: Joshua M. Greene is a renowned Holocaust scholar and filmmaker whose biographies have sold more than a half-million copies worldwide. He is a popular lecturer whose has spoken at the Pentagon and before the Judge Advocates College. His documentaries on Holocaust history have aired on PBS and Discovery. He has appeared in several national media outlets, from “Fresh Air with Terri Gross” and NPR to FOX News, CNN-TV, and more.

Emma V Moore, Contributor: Emma V. Moore attended Stourbridge College of Art before moving to India where she studied Hindu art and philosophy for five years. She currently teaches classical Indian dance and is working on her next illustrated book. She lives in Hertfordshire, England.