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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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A collection of entertaining stories with simple, real life moral applications that keep my five year engaged in our bedtime stories.Published 7 days ago by Candice R. Johnston
This book is enchanting. M daughter and I read from it every single night.Published 7 days ago by lucia bobadilla
I love the little stories in this book! Every one of them has a good moral to the story:)Published 8 days ago by Julia Adame
One of my daughter's favorite books. Wonderful stories with life lessons that accompany each story. The illustrations are lovely too.Published 11 days ago by The Huff's
I love this book. The drawings are incredible and vivid. The stories are extremely well written. Excellent lessons.Published 1 month ago by River Summers
Every child everywhere should be read these stories...the world would be a better place for it.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Stories and pictures scared my 2 year old. Not really appropriate for young children.Published 1 month ago by Sydney
We had so much fun reading these at bedtime. I plan to buy another! I had planned to only read one story at a time but my son always begged for more and it was hard to resist. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lisa C. Tener