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I Once Was a Monkey

By Jeanne M Lee, Jeanne M Lee (Illustrated by)

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Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: USA, 31 March 1999

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Grade 2-5-A group of animals, sheltering in a cave from the fierce monsoon rains, hears a small statue of Buddha speak. The six stories he tells calm the beasts and teach them wisdom. Chosen from the hundreds of ancient Jataka tales, the selections are, like many of Aesop's fables, gems of moral philosophy. Lee's retellings not only encapsulate some of the teachings of Buddhism, but also suggest the centrality of Buddha in that religion." The smoothly flowing text shares each page with a bold block print, some in black and white and some with subtle colorings. Both words and pictures are arranged for reading aloud and invite comparison with other beast tales and discussions of Buddhist teachings. Like Demi's Buddha Stories (Holt, 1997), which shares only one tale with Lee's book, these stories will enrich collections of folk literature and parables from the world's religions.
Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Jeanne M. Lee is the author and illustrator of many books, including The Song of Mu Lan and Silent Lotus. She lives in Massachusetts.

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"In a sort of story-within-a-story form, Lee presents six short Jatakas, or 'birth stories, ' drawn from Buddhist literature...The appealing character of the monkey will pull children into the tales, which convey lessons in a direct yet gentle way that is never preachy. The accompanying linocut illustrations are lovely."-Booklist "In a sort of story-within-a-story form, Lee presents six short Jatakas, or 'birth stories, ' drawn from Buddhist literature...The appealing character of the monkey will pull children into the tales, which convey lessons in a direct yet gentle way that is never preachy. The accompanying linocut illustrations are lovely." --Booklist In a sort of story-within-a-story form, Lee presents six short Jatakas, or 'birth stories, ' drawn from Buddhist literature...The appealing character of the monkey will pull children into the tales, which convey lessons in a direct yet gentle way that is never preachy. The accompanying linocut illustrations are lovely. Booklist"

EAN: 9780374335489
ISBN: 0374335486
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
Dimensions: 27.74 x 22.61 x 0.97 centimetres (0.23 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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