December 26, 2012

The Peaceable Forest: India's Tales of Kindness to Animals

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The Peaceable Forest: India's Tale of Kindness to Animals by Kosa Ely is a beautiful picture book and story. Based on a Vedic tale, this book teaches respect for life.

"Once," says the old man to the animals, "a hunter lived in this forest. Your grandparents lived in fear of him. The twang of his bow sent them running. Then something happened to change that forever . . . "

In this ancient parable from India, a forest-dwelling hunter learns that cruelty has consequences and that compassion has rewards. When the hunter meets the wise man Narada, "Do unto others as they would do unto you" takes on a very concrete meaning as the sage leads the hunter on an imagined journey in which the hunter becomes the hunted. When the hunter realizes how his actions affect other living things, he has a change of heart and begins to live in peace with the animals he once pursued.

Kosa Ely adapts this traditional Indian tale into an inviting narrative that presents the universal golden rule in a new and appealing way. Anna Johansson's richly detailed illustrations evoke the animal kingdom and enchanted forests with fine lines and luminous colors. The Peaceable Forest is the ideal picture book for inspiring young readers to respect life in all its forms.


I truly love his book! The tale of the hunter who hunts for fun, then realizes the pain he brings reminds families to embrace compassion. It also teaches it is never too late amend one's way and embracer a better path.  This is a lovely book to share with your children!

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at December 26, 2012 11:11 AM

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