Sacred River by Ted Lewin
The Ganges of India

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All rivers in India are sacred, and the Ganges most of all. Every year, more than one million Hindu pilgrims journey to Benares to renew themselves in its waters. Caldecott Honor medalist Ted Lewin joined the pilgrims at the river's edge for an experience he describes as one of the most unforgettable of his life. His luminous watercolors and simple, evocative text brilliantly capture the traditions, beliefs, and colorful pageantry of the devout and their ancient city.
 

About Ted Lewin

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Ted Lewin grew up in Buffalo, New York, with two brothers, one sister, two parents, a lion, an iguana, and a chimpanzee. He became interested in art as a young boy when he would draw his brothers' world of wrestling. Ted later worked as a professional wrestler to finance his studies at the Pratt Institute of Fine Arts, where he met his wife, Betsy Lewin, also a children's book writer and illustrator. He and his wife travel around the world to research the settings for their books. While working on SACRED RIVER, which he both wrote and illustrated, Ted joined thousands of Hindus on their pilgrimage to the banks of the Ganges River in Benares, India. Ted now lives and works in the brownstone he shares with his wife and their two cats in Brooklyn, New York. For more information visit www.tedlewin.com.
 
Published July 19, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Lewin continues his world travels (Tiger Trek, Amazon Boy, The Reindeer People, 1990-94) with a trip to the banks of the Ganges in Benares to observe the pilgrimage of the Hindu faithful who bathe in her waters at dawn.

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Lewin continues his world travels (Tiger Trek, Amazon Boy, The Reindeer People, 199094) with a trip to the banks of the Ganges in Benares to observe the pilgrimage of the Hindu faithful who bathe in her waters at dawn.

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"Lewin illuminates this picture book about the Ganges River with some of his finest artwork to date," said PW .

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A prefatory note explaining the importance the Hindu religion places on a pilgrimage to Benares supplies background, and brief descriptive captions on each spread identify aspects of Hindu traditions.

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