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Prince Siddhartha: The Story of Buddha Paperback – October 11, 2011
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"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)
About the Author
A long-time student of Tibetan Buddhism, Janet Brooke lives in Los Gatos, California.
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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.
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.
This book isn't just for Buddhists; it's for anyone open-minded and willing enough to learn from a great human being. It's all about LOVE. :-)
What more can I say? I loved this book from start to finish, and I'm sure my nephew will too.
Thanks for your time. Take care.
This book was really amazing, I am buddhist and I thought it was really educational to learn about the story of Buddha. It was like when I read one page I wanted to read the next and then the next. I would recommend this book to adults and kids that want to learn about Buddha, how he became Buddha and the great things he did.