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The Dalai Lama: With a Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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Included is a foreword written by The Dalai Lama.

When the thirteenth Dalai Lama died in 1933, the highest holy men in Tibet searched throughout the land for his successor. They were spiritually guided to the humble dwelling of a loving family high in the Himalayas. When the search party greeted the youngest son, the child told them, "Now I am going home!" At last the fourteenth Dalai Lama had been found, and at the age of two, the young boy was taken to the capital city, Lhasa,...

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Overview

Included is a foreword written by The Dalai Lama.

When the thirteenth Dalai Lama died in 1933, the highest holy men in Tibet searched throughout the land for his successor. They were spiritually guided to the humble dwelling of a loving family high in the Himalayas. When the search party greeted the youngest son, the child told them, "Now I am going home!" At last the fourteenth Dalai Lama had been found, and at the age of two, the young boy was taken to the capital city, Lhasa, where he began his training to become the spiritual leader of Tibet.

The work of the Dalai Lama and the fate of Tibet are topics of evergrowing international focus. In simple language and glorious art, Demi pays tribute to the fourteenth Dalai Lama's remarkable life. She captures the beauty of Tibetan culture, as well as the charm, talent, and vision of one of the world's best-known spiritual figures.

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"[A] glorious picture book.... Soaring landscapes ... are beautifully juxtaposed with spreads of palace pageantry and more personal scenes of the Dalai Lama’s childhood. Demi, a practicing Buddhist, clearly shows the love and reverence she has for her religion in this special book." —Booklist, starred review
Children's Literature - Susan Hepler
The author, a practicing Buddhist, has created a staid and beautiful picture book biography of the current Dalai Lama which, along with her Buddha and Buddha Stories, contributes to the growing body of books about Tibetan culture and religion. Tiny detailed figures dwarfed by the mountains and palaces give way to close-ups of the young boy's tutelage in the monastery where he lived until his exile in 1959 at the age of twenty-four. Demi's artwork often uses borders to emphasize, frame, or isolate important incidents. Here she also makes use of dramatic double page spreads to highlight the tragic destruction of Tibetan people and property by the Chinese and to dramatize the Dalai Lama's escape through the snow-covered mountains to India on the back of yak. In Dharamsala, India, the Dalai Lama has set up a community to preserve the Tibetan way of peace. Older readers will appreciate the book's artistry and the foreword letter from the Dalai Lama setting his life in historical context helps children understand the consequences of Mao Tse-Tung's policies of "modernizing" Tibet. For a contemporary look at Tibetans in exile, see Laurie Dolphin's photo-essay Our Journey from Tibet (Dutton, l997) in which the Dalai Lama greets new arrivals in Nepal.
School Library Journal
Gr 3 UpTibet is a timely topic. However, in telling the story of the political and religious leader of the country, Demi does not aim at trendiness, controversy, or even high drama. This picture-book biography speaks simply and respectfully of the history and the mission of the Dalai Lama. The author focuses on the search for, and childhood of, the 14th reincarnation of the "ocean of wisdom." As a boy, he was both mischievous and mysterious, with ordinary childlike traits as well as deep spirituality. His accession to temporal power coincided with Chinese Communist control over Tibet, and at the age of 24, in the face of the Cultural Revolution's "madness," the Dalai Lama went into permanent exile. The last pages stress his universal message of peace and his compassion for his people. Demi's figures in this book are nearly as tiny as ever, but the format and watercolor-brushed Himalayas convey the sweep of the Tibetan setting, while minute details suggest the grandeur of its culture. Unlike Buddha Stories (Holt, 1997), this book is as colorful as the country it depicts, and uses gold as a color rather than a glittering line. Few readers will be able to resist the combination of the exotic background, the human interest of the main character, and the vision of peace he represents. This is a book as beautiful as it is moving, and one hopes it will make an impression on as many sensitive children as possible.Patricia Lothrop-Green, St. George's School, Newport, RI
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A brief foreword by the Dalai Lama describes the transformation of Tibet in 1959 from a land where "Tibetans were free to live as they chose" to an occupied nation where "lives...are miserable." Demi then uses straightforward prose and fluid, eastern-influenced art-small pen-and-ink and watercolor images with fine, intricate detail-to tell the story of the Dalai Lama's life: how he was discovered as the fourteenth Dalai Lama at age two, his somewhat mischievous boyhood in Lhasa, his training with the high lamas, and the eventual Chinese invasion of Tibet that preceded his exile to India. Big washes of color in the mountain scenes add drama and provide an epic dimension to the story. Told with respect and devotion, this is an inspirational picture-book biography of a peacemaker whose self-declared "true religion is kindness."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805054439
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Series: Dalai Lama Ser.
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 538,089
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.14 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Demi, along with her husband, Tze-si Huang, has been a practicing Buddhist for more than twenty years. She is the author and illustrator of many children's books, including Firebird, Buddha, The Empty Pot and The Dragon’s Tale. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she lives in Carnation, Washington.

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