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BECOMING BUDDHA: The STORY OF SIDDHARTHA

Author: Whitney Stewart

Illustrator: Sally Rippin

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Publisher: HEIAN International, Inc.,

Material: hard cover

Summary: This is a biography about the beginning life of the Buddha. The birth of Siddhartha, death of his mom, and a prediction. Buddha was told that if he left the palace, he would be torn by sorrow. He married Yashodhara, began to feel troubled, and left the palace. There, he saw suffering and also suffered himself. He wanted tot each others aboutthe path that leads out of suffering. This is a picture book for independent readers.

Type of Reading: independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 10 to 12; read yourself: 12 and up

Interest Level: 10 and up

Reading Level: 6.8

Age of Child: Read with a group of students 10 t 16.

Young Reader Reaction: I liked this book. We are reading about Siddhartha in class, and this is a much more manageable way for understanding it. The pictures are beautiful. I liked the suggestions for meditation.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is an excellent way to introduce children to Buddhism, a religion they have likely heard of but little about. The kids liked the book and wanted to keep reading. I also liked the front part, writen by the 14th Dalai Lama.

Pros: This is an excellent picture book for introducing children to Buddhism. Although written to be read by older readers, younger listeners can still understand the story.

Cons: Although the illustrations are beautiful, the text is presented against a black background. This makes it hard to read.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a beautiful book that is more than just a biography. The meditation ideas make it useful for everyday practice.

If You Liked This Book, Try: HOW BIG IS GOD?   THE LESSON OF MOOGOO MAAGOOVILLE   OBARA AND THE MERCHANTS

Educational Themes: This is a book that serves as both a biography and a story that teaches history and religion.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, history, biography, multicultural

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2009

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