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Written and illustrated by Demi
Subject(s): Age(s)

Juvenile Nonfiction / Religious / Biography

Ages 4 and up

Format: Size / page count:


10" × 8.75" / 36 pages

ISBN: Date available:


June 1, 2020




Worshipped by millions of Hindus worldwide, Shiva (“the auspicious one”) is the god of love, righteousness, forgiveness, longevity, protection, health, and prosperity. He is said to bring good fortune, grace, and compassion. Shiva is depicted as clothed in ashes, with the crescent moon crowning his head, the holy river Ganges flowing from his matted hair, a third eye on his forehead, a serpent around his neck, and a tiger skin around his waist. As Nataraja, or “Lord of the Dance,” he controls the forces of creation, preservation, and destruction.

Award-winning author Demi presents the life and teaching of this central god within the Hindu pantheon, replete with stunning illustrations that faithfully reflect the ancient traditions of Hindu painting and iconography. Also included is an appendix of Hindu prayers to the god Shiva and notes on his representation as “Lord of the Dance.”

Demi is the award-winning author of over 130 bestselling children’s books, including The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna, Saint Francis of Assisi, Mahavira, Gifts of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Talking to God. Her titles have sold over half a million copies. The Empty Pot was selected by former First Lady Barbara Bush in 1990 as one of the books to be read on the ABC Radio Network Program Mrs. Bush’s Story Time, sponsored by the Children’s Literacy Initiative. Demi’s book Gandhi was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and received an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award. Major exhibitions of her work have been held in numerous museums in the U.S., including the Time/Life Gallery in New York, the Botolph Galleries in Boston and Cambridge, and the Los Angeles County Museum. Demi won a Fulbright Scholarship to India, and in addition she represented the U.S. at the First International Children’s Book Conference in Beijing, China, in 1992.

Demi lives with her husband in Yarrow Point, Washington State.


“Together with Brahma and Vishnu, Shiva, ‘the auspicious one’ is one of the three great Hindu gods who create, preserve, and destroy the universe. The renowned writer and illustrator of children's books, Demi, tells and illustrates Shiva’s story in this lovely new book….

“The book discusses Shiva’s place within the Hindu pantheon and describes his family, including his wife, Parvati. Shiva and Parvati are ‘the father and mother of the universe’. The book shows Shiva riding on his beautiful green parrot, Garuda. And Demi tells and illustrates some of the many legends about Shiva’s life. The book includes a short selection of Hindu prayers about Shiva, and it concludes with an illustration and discussion of Shiva as the ‘Lord of the Dance’.

“Demi’s text is simple and delightful. The beautifully colored and idiomatic illustrations include a fearsome purple snake, a wicked dwarf, a portrait of Shiva’s elephant-headed son, Ganesha, and many portrayals of Shiva himself. The story works best as a commentary on the illustrations.

“Parents and teachers will enjoy reading this short book with their children. The book reads quickly. Adults may wish to work with the children in relating the pictures to the text. They also may discuss Shiva and the Hindu concept of the gods with their young readers and explore them as they see fit and as appropriate for the children.…”

— from a review by Robin Friedman in Reviewer's Bookwatch, an online publication
a page from the book “Shiva”
, written and illustrated by Demi

A sample of a page spread from the book Shiva, written and illustrated by Demi

a page from the book “Shiva”
, written and illustrated by Demi

Another sample page spread from Demi’s book Shiva

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