G979 The Sweeper a Buddhist Tale

Title of the book: The Sweeper, a Buddhist Tale

Author: Rebecca Hazell

Publisher: Shambhala

Publishing Date: 2017

ISBN: 978-1-61180-438-6


A beautifully illustrated picture book that tells the classic Buddhist tale of a young servant girl's profound and life-changing encounter with the Buddha--for children ages 5-10.

In this retelling of a famous Buddhist story, Padme, a young servant girl, meets the Buddha as she is sweeping her master's house. When she laments that she is so busy that she would never have time to meditate, the Buddha gives her the instruction to -sweep and clean.- This simple mindfulness practice transforms Padme's life, and when she encounters the Buddha many years later, he teaches her how to send compassion out to others. This book is a wonderful way to introduce children to the power of mindfulness meditation practice.

Author Info:
(From the book)

Rebecca Hazell is an award-winning artist, author and educator. She has published four nonfiction children's books and created best-sellikng educational filmstrips and educational craft kits for children. She is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, and she holds an honors BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz in Russian and Chinese history. Her books include The Barefoot Book of Heroic Children, Women Writers, and a historical trilogy, The Tiger and the Dove. Her website is rebeccahazell.com

Personal Opinion:

If my little one year old boy could talk like an adult, I imagine that he would say he likes that there are monkeys in the book, but he is disappointed there aren't any cars. I really enjoyed the illustrations in the book because there is a bit of whimsy in them and there seems to be parallel lives of monkeys and Padme.  Although the story is a little advanced for him for now, in the future I imagine that this is something he will enjoy, especially when I will be attempting to teach him patience. I also imagine that the story and illustrations are good for adult that aren't certain on how to fit in mindfulness and meditation into their busy lives.

This was given to me for an honest review

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)


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