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Buddha at Bedtime: Tales of Love and Wisdom for You to Read with Your Child to Enchant, Enlighten and Inspire Paperback – June 30, 2008
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Appropriate for children ages 4-10, this collection of bedtime stories is based on Buddhist Jataka Tales - a collection of folk tales originated in India, and used to relay ethical teachings to children. Many of these stories feature animals and magical creatures, and in Buddhist cultures are often performed through song and dance at festivals.
Buddha at Bedtime retells some of these stories in contemporary words and style, and includes luminous anime-style pictures at the start of each story. Each story begins with the phrase "Relax, be very still, and listen", and ends with a summary of the 'lesson', such as this one at the end of the first story, 'The Brave Little Parrot':
"Sometimes we can feel helpless when faced with a great challenge. A wise person knows that love and compassion can give them the courage to achieve things that they thought were impossible."
Or this, from the end of 'Two Ducks and a Turtle':
"All too often, we open our mouths in anger without thinking about what might happen next. A wise person thinks before they speak, and if they can't say something kind, they keep silent."
For some parents, this might seem a little too morally heavy-handed, but personally I don't think it comes across that way in the book. The stories themselves are fun, and the pictures and page accents so captivating that this book has become a favorite of my own children, and the lessons don't diminish their enjoyment one bit. All of the themes are very universal, which makes this book appropriate for both Buddhist and non-Buddhist parents and children.Read more ›
My only confusion is the use of Hotei or Laughing Buddha in the place of the actual Buddha Shakyamuni. Oh well, it gave me a chance to explain who the "Laughing Buddha" was.
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Great lessons for adults and children, and perfect for a read-aloud option for children.Published 7 days ago by tleigh76
My kids adore this book. The stories have great messages within them without sounding like they are preaching or talking down to children.Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is such a wonderful teaching tool, with postive lessons and easily understandable stories. My 5 and 2 year old thoroughly enjoy reading and rereading the short stories in this... Read morePublished 1 month ago by BeasMomma
My daughter loves these stories and the relaxation exercise we do before reading one each night. It's a pleasant bedtime ritual that she has grown to love. Read morePublished 1 month ago by TS