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The 14th Dalai Lama: Spiritual Leader of Tibet (Lerner Biographies) Hardcover – February, 1996

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Grade 5 Up?This clearly written book chronologically traces the subject's life, from the fascinating discovery that he was the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, to his childhood of rigorous Buddhist religious education, to his present situation as a leader in exile. As a theocracy, the political and spiritual in Tibet are intertwined, and this biography reflects that fact by concentrating on both the political history of the country and on the spiritual life of the subject. The author's sympathies are clearly with the Dalai Lama and his decisions. Chinese justifications for annexing Tibet are presented, but easily explained away. The Dalai Lama's accomplishments in maintaining and promoting Tibetan culture in exiled Tibetan communities around the world are praised. The text is illustrated with well-chosen black-and-white and full-color photographs from various archives. A useful addition for reports.?Susan Middleton, LaJolla Country Day School, CA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1130L (What's this?)
  • Series: Lerner Biographies
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lerner Publications (February 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822549263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822549260
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,024,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whitney Stewart is an award-winning author of young adult biographies, middle grade novels, and picture books. She has traveled widely in Asia and interviewed such figures as the 14th Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi, and Sir Edmund Hillary.

Whitney experienced Hurricane Katrina while trapped in a building in downtown New Orleans. She was helicoptered out of the city with her son and elderly mother-in-law. During her semester away from home, Whitney lived on Nantucket, researched the island's history and ghost lore, and wrote three children's books set on Nantucket.

Whitney is currently researching a WWII story about a missing German soldier who opposed Hitler's regime but was forced into the military nonetheless.

Whitney loves to travel, read, meditate, hike, bike, kayak, and do yoga.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I've read several of Whitney Stewart's bios, and come to realize she is a highly conscientious biographer who bases her bios on iterviews with her subjects. Few biographers for children bother with interviews; most glean highlights about theis subjects' lives from secondary materials.
In contrst, Stewart interviews her subjects. She interviewed the dalai lama for this book and it shows in the quality and quantity of details she presents. For example, she mentions a heartbreaking childhood memory of the dalai lama's: When he was a child, a poor couple passed their house with a dead child. The Dalai Lama's mother offered to help them bury the child, but they were so desperately hungry that--well, you can guess what they were intending, in their desperation. Instead, the dalai lama's family fed and helped them.
That's the kind of detail a biographer doesn't come up with easily--not unless they have their subject before them, telling them their first hand story.
I am an adult reader, and feel the book, like all her bios, are appropriate for both kids and adults. Bravo!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 2000
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A great biography about the Dali Lhama and Tibet. It is easy to read and very instresting. A good amount of vocabulary for 7-10 year olds. Whitney Stewart makes it much easier to understand about the Dali Lhama and what is happening in Tibet. END
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Miriam on March 31, 2000
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My nine year old daughter wrote a review of this book which we bought from you. What happened to it? Schuling@AOL.com
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