Buddhist Stories for Kids

Jataka Tales of Kindness, Friendship, and Forgiveness

By Laura Burges
Illustrated by Sonali Zohra

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Bala Kids
Pages: 75
ISBN: 9781645472308

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A wise and colorful collection of ten Buddhist fables, this modern telling of ancient Indian stories, centering around animals and nature, teaches vibrant and timeless life lessons. (Ages 4–8)

Long ago, the Buddha told his followers Jataka Tales, or “birth stories,” about the many lifetimes he lived before he was born as Prince Siddhartha. In this beautiful retelling of ten such stories, the Buddha is introduced as the Queen of the Dogs, a loyal Parrot, a mischievous Monkey, a wise Lion, a brave Forest Owlet, and more.

Each story conveys important morals that are short, sweet, and to the point, giving children a handful of useful lessons to apply to their lives, like “Always try to do the right thing, even when no one else is watching.” These tales are brought to life with the warm and captivating voice of author and narrator, Laura Burges, exploring in vivid detail how one’s actions affect others; the importance of kindness; the strength of friendship; the value of thoughtful decisions; and the importance of letting go and learning to forgive. This audiobook will serve as a timeless and treasured offering for both children and adults.

This audiobook includes a supplemental PDF portraying the animals that appear in the story illustrated by Sonali Zohra (illustrator of Ashoka the Fierce).

Running time: 1 hour, 15 minutes