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From The CriticsWhat a treasure is Tibetan Tales. for Little Buddhas! This book is sure to become a classic, offering its timeless wisdom in three traditional Tibetan tales, accompanied by finely rendered, evocative art. As a bonus, the tales are translated into the Tibetan language, ensuring its popularity in this community where many refugee Tibetan families live. Each of the stories has been adapted from native Tibetan folklore, with the intention of translating traditional cultural wisdom. and values for children. The book includes a map of Tibet, a glossary and a description of a popular Tibetan chant that is featured in one of the stories, "Yeshi's Luck."
The title of the book takes on added meaning when one has read and understood the tales-and realizes that the Buddha, according to the book's glossary, is "one who has attained universal wisdom, compassion and peace." Naomi Rose, now a Santa Fe resident, has been a student of Tibetan culture for more than 10 years and was encouraged in this creative project by one of her teachers. Tibetan Tales for Little Buddhas is her first children's book. Her artwork adds to our understanding of how Tibetan families live, eat and clothe themselves in a part of the world that is as astounding in its beauty as in its harsh living conditions.
In the foreword by The Dalai Lama, the esteemed leader emphasizes the value of education in helping people lead happier lives and over coming problems. "I believe that reading books is an essential part of education," he says.
"I am sure that these stories will bring joy to readers young and old.
—Santa Fe New Mexican