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The Buddha's Apprentice at Bedtime: Tales of Compassion and Kindness for You to Read with Your Child - to Delight and Inspire Paperback – June 1, 2013
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The following are just a few examples from the book of dialog that I did not enjoy reading to my children:
"You'd forget your own head if it wasn't stuck on" said her mother (to her daughter)
"It's just a dumb animal" laughed Hazel "Are you a bit stupid? You talk to animals do you?"
"Hey stupid pig get a move on." ... "Lazy pig!" cried Priscilla " Who are you calling stupid and lazy?" grunted Pig.
"Guards lock up all the children"
I have read the first Buddha Before Bedtime and I liked it much more. The stories seam similar to what the tales might have been originally and the messages are more blended into the story.
I thought this would be as good and bought it before seeing it. I will return it.
There are better books out there for stories that teach principles and/or virtues.
I rate this three stars because this is just not my thing but I understand others might be fine with content - the intent is good.
The beginning of the book has several pages explaining Buddhism, a history of where it comes from and the belief system. I learned a lot here and Nagaraja provides a great summation in simple terms. I liked the Eightfold Noble Path and all that it included falling under the three categories of wisdom, ethics and concentration.
I was apprehensive to read this to my children so I read it through first. I did not read them the beginning history but they loved the rest of the book.
The stories themselves are great life lessons for little ones, regardless of what their beliefs are. My favorite was "The Shiny Red Train" because it was so applicable to my children. Each story ends with a saying that summarizes the moral of the story and this one was great for toddlers: "Doing the right thing means not being selfish, however unfair life seems to be. It can be painful not to have all the things other people have , but we can always be grateful for what we do have."
The illustrations are simply amazing with bright, vivid colors that bring the pages to life. Each page is completely filled with words which was hard for the attention span of my three year old but my five year old listened to the entire page without trying to turn ahead to see the next picture.
The Buddha's Apprentice at Bedtime is a great collection of moral stories that are perfect for young children and the issues that they deal with daily.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cute stories that my 8yo enjoys. As a Buddhist I can say it does a great job of explaining Buddhism in a simple way for young children. Read morePublished 2 months ago by kstephens
My daughter loves me to read her a story from this book before she goes to bed. They are wonderful stories with great lessons on how to be a generous, compassionate person. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Smooch
Best Bedtime Series EVER!!! We look forward to reading a story every night because they contain good lessons, thoughtful affirmations and vibrant illustrations!Published 3 months ago by Media Lover
We have been reading these books to my son since he was very young. He's a worrier so these stories help him relax and see the positive things in life. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Addict
Wonderful book, great stories with easy-to-grasp "morale" and beautiful illustrations. My kids (7 and 5) love it.Published 4 months ago by Susanne Jasper
These books are beautifully written and convey a strong moral message at the end of each one. Both my 4 year old and 7 year ols love to read them! Read morePublished 5 months ago by kerri
Great take on the jatakas. Excellenmt for children up through age 10.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer