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Tibetan Tales for Little Buddhas

Tibetan Tales for Little Buddhas

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by Naomi C. Rose

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Children and adults will delight in these adventure stories that also impart simple wisdom and exemplify living in peace and kindness. Beautiful impressionistic paintings capture the essence of the Tibetan people and the beauty of the country's landscape.


Children and adults will delight in these adventure stories that also impart simple wisdom and exemplify living in peace and kindness. Beautiful impressionistic paintings capture the essence of the Tibetan people and the beauty of the country's landscape.

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What 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

An artist and student of Tibetan Buddhism, Rose has chosen and illustrated three traditional tales that exemplify Tibetan Buddhist beliefs. In the first selection, a boy learns not to judge events as "good fortune or bad"; in the second, a downtrodden young girl encounters a goddess and absorbs her strength; and in the last, a young monk learns to overcome his fears and practice "loving kindness" when he encounters a wounded Yeti. The stories, printed in both English and Tibetan, are certainly purposeful, and their source (Lama Surya Das' 1992 book The Snow Lion's Turquoise Mane) is mentioned only in the flap copy, but children will enjoy the exciting fairy-tale elements: the cruel parents, the shape-shifting creatures, the magic, the action, and the empowered young people who emerge from each story. Rose's vibrantly colored paintings, created with broad, blurry strokes and dabs of pigment, ably bring to life the characters, setting, and supernatural encounters. For more Buddhist titles for youth, consult the Read-Alikes "Beginning Buddhism"
Midwest Book Review
Featuring a brief foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibetan Tales For Little Buddhas is both an engaging children's picturebook and a fascinating introduction to another culture. The three tales, "Yeshi's Luck", "Jomo and the Dakini Queen", and "Chunda's Wisdom Quest" are presented in Tibetan and English. Warm color illustrations help display a picture of Tibetan daily life in this unique folklore treasury recommended for family, school, and community library collections. Tibetan Tales For Little Buddhas will prove to be as enjoyable for parents as it is for their little ones.
San Francisco Chronicle
Another book highlighting a foreign culture is Tibetan Tales for Little Buddhas by Naomi C. Rose with an introduction by the Dalai Lama (Clear Light; 64-pages; $16.95; ages 7-up). In this colorful picture book, three folktales, printed in both English and Tibetan, offer gentle spiritual lessons and stories of adventure, including yaks, a yeti and a mystical creature that turns into a radiant woman. Rose's vivid color paintings draw the reader in and move the stories along.
Sunday, December 26, 2004
Shambhala Sun
There are lots of different things to like about Naomi Rose's Tibetan Tales for Little Buddhas. First of all, it is a pleasure to look at. The vibrant, impressionistic paintings that fill the book invite the reader to enter a dreamworld Tibetan landscape. Himalayan yak herders, pious villagers, charming Tibetan maidens and a frightening beast that transforms into an exotically beautiful Dakini Queen are just some of the characters populating this vision, and the three tales of love, devotion, courage and simple wisdom that make up this collection are sure to touch the hearts of readers young and old. Those familiar with Androcles and the Lion will be intrigued by the Tibetan version of this story, in which the part of the lion is played by a yeti, the Abominable Snowman himself. This book also contains a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a map of Tibet, the six-syllable mantra of compassion, and the Tibetan version of the English text on each page. A rich collection indeed!
January 2005
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Three traditional Tibetan tales are retold and beautifully illustrated in this bilingual picture book. In "Yeshi's Luck," a young man learns from his wise father that everything is not always what it seems, for sometimes good things come from adversity. In the second tale, a Dakini, a traditional goddess, shows a young girl how to face her fears. In the last story, the young monk Chunda goes on a wisdom quest and encounters a yeti. The inclusion of such specific cultural elements adds to the unique sense of place. The Tibetan text has an appealing calligraphic quality. Rose's vivid, dynamic paintings, suffused with deep blues and purples, capture the appeal of the landscape and the people. An introduction by the Dalai Lama, a brief note about Tibet, and a useful glossary are included. With few folktales available from this land, this book will be welcome in many collections.-Robin L. Gibson, formerly at Perry County District Library, New Lexington, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Dancing Dakini Press
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Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 12.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Tibetan Tales for Little Buddhas 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful book for Children of all ages .... wisdom tales (not preachy) that just keep giving. Children love this book.