We must be grateful to the Kawasakis for presenting these tales in clear, readable and entertaining prose that captures some sense of the earthy but sublimely moral universe they describe.
Many of the stories are simple fables, like that of a monkey king who outsmarts a ravenous yakkha, while others deal with merchants, farmers, officials, royalty, and devas.
Each story is accompanied by an elegantly simple line drawing that perfectly matches the Kawasakis' writing style.
...a very readable, non-scholarly, but still authentic re-telling of these wonderful stories. ...
rich and fascinating .... You might say that the suttas present morality in its purest and most ideal form while the Jatakas talk about the actual situation 'on the ground.' Just as importantly, they also illustrate many virtues and values not found in the suttas. And they often do all this with a sense of humor.
The Jataka Tales of the Buddha is an excellent resource