Thich Nhat Hanh: Buddhism in Action

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This engaging introduction to Thich Nhat Hanh will show you how one person can accomplish big things.

This colorful book introduces you to the world of Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the most amazing people of the twentieth century?and today. You will be inspired as you learn about Thich Nhat Hanh?s life?from his work to end the war in Vietnam, to his eventual founding of the Plum Village community in France?and his teachings about peace and ...

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Overview

This engaging introduction to Thich Nhat Hanh will show you how one person can accomplish big things.

This colorful book introduces you to the world of Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the most amazing people of the twentieth century—and today. You will be inspired as you learn about Thich Nhat Hanh’s life—from his work to end the war in Vietnam, to his eventual founding of the Plum Village community in France—and his teachings about peace and "mindfulness" in the world.

Through enjoyable biography, activities inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh’s values and beliefs, and poems written by the teacher himself, Thich Nhat Hanh: Buddhism in Action will show you how to be braver, more caring, and happier in your own life.

A biography of Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh which emphasizes the spiritual beliefs that guided him in trying to prevent war in Vietnam and in striving to make the world a better place. Includes activities and a note for parents and teachers.

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Children's Literature
The "Spiritual Biographies for Young Reader" series makes a point to present positive role models. This book highlights a Buddhist monk from Vietnam without preaching Buddhism to readers. Instead, the book's focus is on peaceful doings and good works completed by Thich Nhat Hahn. The text stresses how readers may be enlightened by calmly thinking about what is around them and how they may let go of anger. For grade school classrooms this is a bonus. Three of the book's "Now It's Your Turn" activities allow readers to participate in projects related to good works. One focuses on thinking about things, one encourages planting of seeds to see how much food can be grown from a package of seeds, and another asks readers to make a picture or write about or illustrate things that are wrong and could be changed. A timeline and glossary round out the text. Put this book on classroom, home, or library shelves to allow readers a good look at what a positive role model can do. 2004, Skylight Paths Publishing, Ages 7 up.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-These slim titles offer information about the childhood of these spiritual leaders, but mostly, readers will learn about their lifestyles, nonviolent philosophies, and actions. The author incorporates quotes from the men; Thich Nhat Hanh also includes poems written by the Buddhist monk. She encourages readers to participate in activities in the spirit of the philosophies of these influential, peaceful leaders. Gandhi recommends that children recycle broken crayons, since Gandhi believed it was an act of violence to throw away anything that still had a use. Thich Nhat Hanh suggests that they write poetry about something that they would like to see changed, and how to help that happen by peaceful means. Both volumes invite readers to teach others by becoming good examples. However, younger students may find the texts quite challenging and older readers may find them choppy and juvenile. Colorful reproductions and photographs of the men, landscapes, and an occasional flower fill the pages of these titles.-Jodi Kearns, University of Akron, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Meet the Author

Maura D. Shaw is the author of several books for young readers, including the award-winning Ten Amazing People: And How They Changed the World, the historical novel Owl's Journey, and Gandhi: India's Great Soul. Her nondenominational handbook of Earth-honoring activities for parents and children, Celebrating the Great Mother, is popular with families and groups.

Stephen Marchesi has created numerous drawings for textbooks, magazines, and picture books, including Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington; Meet Abraham Lincoln; Mary McLeod Bethune: Voice of Black Hope; and Mars: The Red Planet. A graduate of Pratt Institute, his books have been on the Children's Book Council bestsellers list and on the Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year lists.

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