Vatsala Sperling, Ph.D., fluent in a number of Indian languages and Sanskrit, learned these traditional stories at her mother's feet. Before moving to the United States, she was the chief of Clinical Microbiological Services at the largest children's hospital in India. She is the author of How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head, How Parvati Won the Heart of Shiva, and Ram the Demon Slayer and lives in Vermont with her husband and son. Sandeep Johari was raised by his uncle Harish Johari, who taught him classical Indian painting. He is the creative director in a graphic design studio in New Delhi, India.
"Like Vatsala Sperling's previous retellings of traditional Hindu
stories, this new book is beautifully illustrated and has a
photocopiable illustration for children to color themselves. There
is also a useful note to parents and teachers. If your children
liked the earlier books, they'll love this one."--Barbara Ardinger,
The Blessed Bee, Spring 2007
"The beautiful illustrations glow with subtle shades and highlights. Created with watercolor and tempera paints using classical Indian painting techniques, the detailed paintings bring the story to life."--Lyda Whiting, Awareness Magazine, March-Apr 2007