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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Legend of the Fish (The)
by Gita Wolf and Sirish Rao
Age Range: 9-11
Following a vivid dream, Brahma, the creator, makes a perfect world from his
own mind. Soon, however, he becomes unhappy with his creation – something
is missing. He has created a perfect world but there is no death, and therefore
no life. He asks for help from the God Vishnu, the Preserver, who is able to
re-create a living world. Vishnu takes on the form of a little fish and finds a wise
man, Satyavrata, to help him. Satyavrata looks after the fish and as it grows
bigger and bigger he is unaware that it is the God Vishnu in disguise. Finally,
the day comes when Vishnu shows himself to Satyavrata, revealing his plans
for the destruction of the present world in order to create a new one. This story
is a traditional Hindu tale that resembles the ancient myth of Noah’s Ark,
a myth that has found its parallel in cultures around the world.
Impressive detailed silver and blue illustrations, silk-screened by hand on hand-made paper, complement this beautiful retelling and allow the reader into the richness of the Hindu tradition.
(Outside In: Children’s Books in Translation, Milet, 2005)