An enjoyable tale that introduces young readers to an important ancient empire.
While on a very important mission from the King, young Jaya encounters the deities Shiva, Inanna, and Hercules. Leaping from gold coins on her mother's golden necklace, they help Jaya achieve her goal and discover strengths she didn't know she had.
Jaya's Golden Necklace is the first children's book to tell of the origin and cultural roots of the beloved Buddha image. A story of East and West, it teaches lessons and entertains while also opening a door into Asian culture. Set along the Silk Road, Jaya's journey highlights the interconnected and multicultural worlds of yesterday and today.
This engaging, fast-moving tale of empowerment will help children relate better to the powerful beings in human history's rich religions and myths. It also conveys the independence, resilience, and creativity that make Jaya a true heroine for today.
|Publisher:||Wisdom Publications MA|
|Product dimensions:||8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||3 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Peter Linenthal has more than a dozen books to his credit as author, illustrator, or both, mostly for kids. He has taught young children art and bookmaking for more than thirty years and has an elementary teaching credential and an MFA. He is also an amateur scholar and collector of Kushan-era antiquities and is preparing a catalog in conjunction with professional scholars of the period. He lives in San Francisco, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was an interesting tale taking place in the Kushan Empire long ago. It is the story of Jaya whose mother has been called to the palace by the king to make him an apricot cake. She gives Jaya a necklace of 3 coins that her mother gave her when she was young. It will help Jaya while her mother is gone. The next day, her father gets commanded to make a statue of the Peaceful Budha for the king's birthday. He only has 2 days to make it and get it to the capital. When Jaya makes a wish to know what the Peaceful Budha looks like, Shiva, the lord of creation appears and tells her to think peaceful thoughts. She, her father and Shiva carve a beautiful statue. ON the way to the palace, they stop for the night and Jaya is scared, she again makes a wish and the goddess Inanna appears to her to assure her that she is brave and she is able to go to sleep. They meet up with robbers when they are almost at the palace and when Jaya makes a wish, the god Hercules appears and gives her a lion skin which she uses to scare off the robbers. They get to the palace and the king is so pleased with the statue that he lets Jaya's mom return home with them. This is a story that mixes culture, religion, tradition, ancient civilizations and shows strength if you believe in yourself. There are two pages of information about the Kushan Empire at the back of the book. A great story especially if you are learning about other cultures and ancient civilzations. Netgalley provided a copy of this book for me to read and review.