Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth

Ganesh Chaturthi
Authors: Emily Haynes and Sanjay Patel
Review By: Sharanya Sai
Grade: 5

My book review is about the book ‘Ganesha’s sweet tooth.’

We all know that Ganesha likes to eat. In this book, Ganesha and his vahana, the mouse, eat laddoos. Ganesha found a new kind of laddoo. The mouse tried to warn him that there was something different about the laddoo, but he didn’t listen. When Ganesha took a bite of the new laddoo, his tooth (tusk) broke.

Ganesha was very sad because he thought everyone would laugh at him. Mouse is a good friend and told him that it is okay. Nobody teases him for having an elephant head, and they are not going to tease him for having a broken tusk.

But Ganesha threw his broken tusk, and it fell on an old man. The old man was Rishi Vyasa, who told the story of Mahabharata to Ganesha. The Rishi told Ganesha he was looking for him because he wanted Ganesha to write the Mahabharata. The mouse told Rishi Vyasa he must not stop telling the Mahabharata. Vyasa also put two conditions. Ganesha must understand what he is writing, and he must not stop writing until the end. They both agreed to the conditions.

Ganesha wrote one hundred thousand lines with his broken tusk, and that is the story of Mahabharata. When he finished writing, he saw that the mouse ate many of the laddoos, but he also saved some for Ganesha and their other friends.

My grandmother already told me the story of how Ganesha broke his tusk. I liked this book because of the pictures. My favorite part is when little Ganesha is like all the other children. He plays cricket and blows water with his trunk. He is even skipping with his friends. Mouse is a good friend because he tells Ganesha that nobody laughs at him even if he has an elephant head. It is very funny when Mouse  tries to fix Ganesha’s broken tusk with glue, tape, and even string. I think kids should definitely read this book. They will enjoy it.

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