Buddha Stories

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

A golden goose demonstrates the wealth of kindness.

A rabbit learns not to believe everything he hears.

Throughout the ages, moral tales have been passed down from one generation to the next. Centuries ago in China, hundreds of parables were told by the Buddha to his devoted followers. His messages became widespread through fables adapted by famous storytellers like Aesop and La Fontaine. In this collection, the author has chosen ten of the most engaging classic tales from the Buddha's works. Compiled and illustrated by Demi, this wonderful collection of stories is sure to draw young readers into the ancient teachings of the Buddha, teachings that are as relevant today as they were over two thousand years ago.


Praise for Buddha Stories

"Demi, a practicing Buddhist, has been collecting jakatas, Buddha stories, for years. In this collection, she offers 10 of her favorites and gives them an elegant presentation. The one-page stories are told in the fashion of Aesop¿s fables with the moral given at the end." --Booklist, boxed review

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Demi is a practicing Buddhist who has a collected the Buddha's stories for decades. For this collection, she selected ten of her favorites from 550 known tales. While illustrating the stories, she was inspired by some of the oldest Buddhist texts, which were printed in gold ink on indigo paper. "Because this conception is so exquisitely beautiful and corresponds with the Buddhist tradition, I decided to use it in Buddha Stories," says Demi. Demi is the author and illustrator of many children's books, including Firebird, The Dalai Lama, Buddha, The Empty Pot, and The Dragon’s Tale. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she lives in Carnation, Washington.


Available Formats and Book Details

Buddha Stories

  • Hardcover