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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications; 2nd edition (September 9, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861713753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861713752
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,679,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Highly recommended." (Mid-West Book Review)

"Superb writing and illustrations merge to produce another of those rare books that no child's bookshelf should be without." (Light of Consciousness)

"The early life of the Indian prince is presented with enough simplicity that a young reader has no trouble identifying with a child who lived long ago and far away." (Tricycle)

"The fascinating story of the Buddha has been narrated so vividly as to inspire the imagination of children of all ages." (East and West)

"A must-have on the list of any parent interested in exposing a child to the basics of Buddhism is Prince Siddhartha: The Story of Buddha. This work is a movingly simple retelling of the story of the Buddha's birth and enlightenment. Written by Buddhist scholar Jonathan Landaw, with vivid watercolors by artist Janet Brooke, the book is written in language preschoolers can easily absorb, laid out in short chapters perfect for bedtime reading. A companion coloring book includes line drawings of each of the images." (Beliefnet.com) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jonathan Landaw was born in New Jersey and has traveled the world since 1970. He spent six years living in northern India studying Tibetan Buddhism and is the editor and author of a number of Buddhist books, including Wisdom Energy, Introduction to Tantra, and Buddhism for Dummies. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.

A long-time student of Tibetan Buddhism, Janet Brooke lives in Los Gatos, California. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I purchased this to read to my 8 year old son.
Jeffrey Stella
The story is very interesting and illustrations are beautiful.
miss celie
Excellent book for children to introduce them to Buddhism.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
I could tell that Chi-Lou, my daughter, was very interested in this!! We had taught her many thing about Buddha, but she learn it best when it was tell to her in story like this book! Even I liked this children book. Great for kid, and great for spirituality. I highly recomend book!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By K. R. Lee on August 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
Beautiful illustrations compliment this eloquently told timeless tale! I bought it for myself years ago and just purchased it as a gift for a 10 year old girl who loved it so much, she's read it four times already since getting it just a few weeks ago!!! Regardless of your religious beliefs, it's a universal story of the search for "what is" and the molding of character in an individual that takes place as they sort through the varying perspectives presented to them through the ever changing seasons of life, and discovering their own balance in the equation of being.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Stella on January 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
I purchased this to read to my 8 year old son. It proved to be intriguing and captivating. I would read a few chapters a night, and he wouldn't want me to stop reading. Each night, he'd make sure that I was going to read this book.

The pictures are beautiful, and illustrate the story well. The story is very well written, and is clear enough for a young child to understand. It provokes thoughtful questions and observations from the young mind. What a fantastic way to expose children to Buddhism, and its roots and story. Even though Prince Siddhartha lived several hundred years before Christ, the lessons and teachings are near identical.

If you are looking for a Christ-like story without the dogma and requisite belief in God, this fits the bill perfectly. I found it equally as entertaining as my son did. You will not be disappointed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kevin R. Elliott on July 31, 2008
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Hey guys :-)

I originally bought this book for my nephew to read. I wanted to expand his horizons on subjects he wasn't familiar with, so I figured this book would be a great introduction to Buddhism. I never read it myself, but when it arrived in the mail today, I was tempted to jump right in.

Wow! It was so good, I finished it in one session. So often, I came across Buddhist books and teachings that seemed to complicate the Buddha's simple message of inner transformation and showing kindness and respect for others. It was difficult for me to find information on the Buddha's life without it complicating things, so this book was a breath of fresh air. Colorful illustrations wonderfully complemented the exciting story of how Prince Siddhartha came to be the Buddha. This book was both easy to understand and inspiring. I was particularly excited at the vivid account of Siddhartha meditating under the Tree of Enlightenment as Mara (the evil force representing our negative thoughts and emotions) tried everything in his power to thwart his efforts ('The Great Battle', pages 92-97). I feel this represents the struggle we all face to overcome our limiting, self-destructive selves.

Even though I'm not a Buddhist, reading about the Buddha's interactions with all kinds of people inspired me to practice my own spiritual exercises more fervently in hopes of one day attaining the same conscious state of bliss the Buddha experienced. The Buddha's behavior and lifestyle very much reminded me of the Gnostic Jesus.

Please keep in mind that this book is an introduction to Buddhism. Don't expect to find any detailed description of practices used to attain Buddhahood. That's beyond the scope of this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By BookLover on November 5, 2006
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This book is perfectly written for young children. My 4 and 6 year old kids were at the edge of their seats as we read chapter by chapter. As a family we greatly enjoyed reading the story of Prince Siddharta.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By homeschool mama on September 6, 2008
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I bought this book to read to my two young boys (6 and 3). I was concerned at first that the reading would be too intense and I would lose them, but the illustrations are so beautiful and captivating that it kept their attention. They actually request me to read the book each night. I highly recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Joseph on August 8, 2008
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The little guy i bought this for loves it. It is simple, beautifully illustrated, and content laden with great values. Some Buddhist lit for kids is too vague & overly symbolic, but this book tells the story of Prince Siddhartha well. There are some short moral stories at the end aside from the life story e.g. the Buddha & the angry elephant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Oku on March 30, 2008
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This is a great introduction to the life of Buddha. All ages can benefit from this story. My son read it from cover to cover. Let's just say, to get him to read is nothing less than impossible. He read it without my asking him to. He just picked it up and read. He is 13 and totally enjoyed it.
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