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Lions Roar : January 2005
All three of my children are now teenagers and voracious readers in their own right. Because the books I mention in this article, with one exception, were all first published within the last year or so, I did not have the experience of reading them to my own brood as bedtime stories. Fortunately, missing out on this pleas- urable experience was not a serious obstacle to my reviewing these books, because I have always judged children’s literature first and foremost by my own reaction to it. In fact, when my kids were small, if they wanted me to read a book that I found boring, I would zip through it as fast as I could so we could get to the books I did like to read. Though the six titles I am reviewing here are very different from one another, there is something about each one that appeals to me. 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 TIBETAN TALES FOR LITTLE BUDDHAS Written and illustrated by Naomi C. Rose Foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama Clear Light Publishers, 2004; 64 pp; $16.95 (cloth) FAVORITE CHILDREN’S STORIES FROM CHINA AND TIBET By Lotta Carswell Hume, illustrated by Lo Koon-chiu Tuttle, 2004 (originally published in 1962) 112 pp; $16.95 (cloth) THE HERMIT AND THE WELL By Thich Nhat Hanh, illustrated by Vo-Dinh Mai Parallax Press, 2003; 34 pp; $15.00 (cloth) PEACEFUL PIGGY MEDITATION Written and illustrated by Kerry Lee MacLean Albert Whitman & Company, 2004 32 pp; $15.95 (cloth) OLD COYOTE By Nancy Wood, illustrated by Max Grafe Candlewick Press, 2004; 26 pp; $16.99 (cloth) THE CONQUERORS Written and illustrated by David McKee Handprint Books, 2004; 26 pp; $15.95 (cloth) SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2005 77 Stories for Little Buddhas REVIEWED BY JONATHAN LANDAW 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! Favorite Children’s Stories from China and Tibet is a brand new edition of a book that first appeared in 1962. While the stories themselves are of uneven quality—I recommend that parents