Elephant-headed and big-bellied, mischievous and sweet, the god Ganesh is one of the most familiar faces in the world. But why does he have the head of an elephant?
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“Elephant Prince” is a fantastic resource to use in the classroom when exploring Hinduism and in particular Hinduism as a global religion. This picture book it is a very valuable in deepening students understanding on one of the Hindu Deities, Ganesh. The information is quite sophisticated, especially for students who have not been exposed to Hinduism before however, the language would not pose much difficulty to Stage 2 students. Read as a class this would be a captivating story to students of Stage 2 as the illustrations are very intricate and fascinating, drawing students in. Exposing students to quality literature is one of the most beneficial ways to improve their learning. Children who are exposed to literature are greatly advantaged as reading aloud to children helps to “improve their literacy skills, not only in reading but also in talking and listening” (Spence, 2004, p.146).
This is a great picture book to read to your class focusing on the intricate detail in the illustrations, those of which are typical of those in Indian culture. This emphasises the global perspective of Hinduism and could be further explored in the classroom.
An extension task or assessment upon reading this book with students would be to find other books about Hindu Gods/Deities and build a collection of them. In addition, students could find non-fiction information about Ganesh and other Hindu Deities and research them in an allocated time slot, (giving them an opportunity to improve their research skills). Students could then be asked to write a factual description of a chosen God/Deity, therefore utilizing this activity to form a Literacy and ICT link. Students would find this intriguing, as there are many Hindu Deities, all of which have peculiar, animalistic qualities that interest students. This then lends itself to many other KLAs such as Creative and Performing Arts, ICT, Literacy, and Numeracy.
Spence, B. (2004). Reading aloud to children. N.S.W.: Primary English Teaching Association.