I Once Was a Monkey

Stories Buddha Told

Jeanne M. Lee; Illustrated by the author

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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A colorful introduction to Buddhist fables

A monkey, caught in a monsoon, finds shelter in a cave amid the rubble of a temple. The monkey is not alone. A lion, a jackal, a turtle, and a dove bicker in the cramped space, until a statue of Buddha comes to life. "Hush, children, hush." Buddha says. "I will tell you a story to pass the time." From the tale of the clever monkey outwidding a hungry crocodile to that of a bird and turtle rescuing a friend, the six amusing parables told by the Buddha will introduce young readers to the famous cycle of fables in Buddhist literature known as the Jatakas, or birth stories, which Buddha originally told to his disciples to illustrate his teachings. Joined with stunning linocut illustrations, Jeanne M. Lee's retellings form a book notable for both its beauty and its wisdom.

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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

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Jeanne M. Lee; Illustrated by 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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I Once Was a Monkey
Stories Buddha Told
Jeanne M. Lee; Illustrated by the author

Hardcover

Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
March 1999
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374335489
ISBN10: 0374335486
Picture Book
8 5/8 x 10 5/8 inches, 40 pages, Full-color and black-and-white illustrations throughout
Age Range: 5 to 9
Grade Range: k to 4
$19.99
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