Becoming Buddha: The Story of Siddhartha

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Now in paperback, Becoming Buddha is an intriguing and captivating introduction to the story of Buddhism. Opening vertically, beautiful words and illustrations depict the life of Siddhartha Gautama, a young, wealthy prince who eventually gave up his worldly ways until he attained supreme enlightenment to become Buddha. Foreword by Tenzin Gyatso, HH Dalai Lama.

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Overview

Now in paperback, Becoming Buddha is an intriguing and captivating introduction to the story of Buddhism. Opening vertically, beautiful words and illustrations depict the life of Siddhartha Gautama, a young, wealthy prince who eventually gave up his worldly ways until he attained supreme enlightenment to become Buddha. Foreword by Tenzin Gyatso, HH Dalai Lama.

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K-Gr 3-Stewart tells the traditional story of the life of Prince Siddhartha, beginning with the prophecies about his future greatness and the impact that the suffering of others will have on him. To keep the knowledge of suffering from the child, the king surrounded his son with a life of plenty. But even in the royal palace, the prince saw jealousy and the desire for power and decided to look beyond its walls. He discovered the great truths of "ordinary" life-sickness, old age, death-and began his quest to find a way to relieve humanity of pain. Rippin's illustrations feature decorative beadwork as well as richly hued paint and black backgrounds; in some ways, they resemble the paintings on lacquered Asian cabinets. Story and art are printed so that the book's binding is at the top instead of to the left, creating long vertical pages, a variation sure to appeal to young readers. Along with Anne Rockwell's The Prince Who Ran Away (Knopf, 2001), Becoming Buddha joins Hitz Demi's Buddha (Holt, 1996) on the slender shelf of books aiming not at critical biography, but rather at a more seamless retelling with a direct narrative arc. Libraries that own either Rockwell's or Demi's books may opt not to purchase this one, but for those that need a beginning biography of one of the world's greatest religious leaders, it's a fine introduction to his life and teachings.-Coop Renner, Hillside Elementary, El Paso, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Sandwiched between opening and closing comments from the Dalai Lama, this spiritual biography of the Buddha imparts the major events of Siddhartha's journey to enlightenment with a combination of stylized prose-"At a time when the oldest Bodhi trees in Asia were still in youthful bloom, Queen Maya had a dream"-and equally stylized images of the large-eyed, long-eared holy man surrounded by silver beaded spirals and lotus flowers. Not so grand, nor so rich in detail, as Demi's version (1996), this still makes a suitable brief introduction to the origins, ideals and spirit of Buddhism. (sideways format, historical afterword) (Picture book/biography. 8-10)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780893469467
  • Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Whitney Stewart began submitting stories to children's book publishers when she was fourteen. Whitney interviewed the 14th Dalai Lama for her first children's book. That interview ignited her, and she has traveled to Burma, China, Japan, Singapore, and Thailand to research her book topics. Born in Australia, but grew up in many other countries like England, Brunei, Hong Kong and China. Went to China and studied traditional Chinese painting for three years. Much of her experience of studying in China became the basis of her first novel 'Chenxi and The Foreigner.' Print Page Email Page A Brief Biography His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is both the head of state and the spiritual leader of Tibet. In 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet.

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