A wise and colorful collection of ten Buddhist fables, this modern telling of ancient Indian stories, centering around animals and nature, teaches vibrant and timeless life lessons. (Ages 4-8)
Long ago, the Buddha told his followers Jataka Tales, or "birth stories," about the many lifetimes he lived before he was born as Prince Siddhartha. In this beautiful retelling of ten such stories, the Buddha is introduced as the Queen of the Dogs, a loyal Parrot, a mischievous Monkey, a wise Lion, a brave Forest Owlet, and more.
Each story conveys important morals that are short, sweet, and to the point, giving children a handful of useful lessons to apply to their lives, like "Always try to do the right thing, even when no one else is watching."
These tales are brought to life with stunning and dreamlike illustrations by Sonali Zohra (illustrator of Ashoka the Fierce), exploring in vivid detail how one's actions affect others; the importance of kindness; the strength of friendship; the value of thoughtful decisions; and the importance of letting go and learning to forgive. With a beautiful paper-over-board package to tie it all together, this book will serve as a timeless and treasured offering for both children and adults.
Buddhist Stories for Kids: Jataka Tales of Kindness, Friendship, and Forgiveness; Laura Burges; Bala Kids; Hardcover (7.75" x 9.75"); 76 pages; $18.95
Laura Burges (Ryuko Eitai) is a lay entrusted Buddhist teacher in the Soto Zen tradition. She lectures, offers classes, and leads retreats at the San Francisco Zen Center and at other practice places in Northern California. She is the abiding teacher at Lenox House Meditation Group in Oakland. Laura taught children for 35 years and now mentors other teachers.
Sonali Zohra is an illustrator based in BC, Canada. Her work is inspired by her love of nature, mythology, philosophy, and spirituality--combined with her education in fine art, photography and design. Her illustrations evolve and grow as she does; she enjoys this process profoundly.