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Twenty Jataka Tales [Paperback]

Noor Inayat Khan
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1 Dec 1991
These twenty tales have been drawn from famous legends concerning the former lives of the Buddha. Beloved by children and adults alike, they tell of people and animals moved to acts of sacrifice by the noble example of their fellow creatures. The flavor is often suggestive of Aesop, as are the lessons that are so subtly and keenly conveyed. Presented in a simplified narrative, the tales maintain the magical and timeless beauty of their Far Eastern origins. The stories are ideal for reading to children, as they tell of highly dramatic adventures that are resolved by non-violent and compassionate means. Challenging circumstances bring forth courage and the capacity to love, opening the way to solutions against seemingly impossible odds. This book will also be coveted for its exquisite illustrations by the well-known illustrator H. Willebeek Le Mair.

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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company (1 Dec 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892813237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892813230
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 735,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars ok...but 1 Oct 2011
I was hoping this would be suitable for younger children to read (ie. 9 - 11 years) but I didn't find it very reader friendly. Reading them out-loud didn't enchant either.
So all in all, it just depends what you recquire the book for.
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This is a beautifully crafted compilation. The style is reminiscent of Aesop's Fables, but the ancient, timeless content reflects the teachings of the Buddha. Each of the twenty stories has some moral point. Some are driven home poignantly when the reader remembers that the author, Princess Noor Inayat Khan, gave her life for the cause of freedom. In the second world war, she was parachuted into occupied France and worked with the Resistance. She was finally captured and killed by the Nazis. Her codename was - 'Madeline'. This book should stand forever as a memorial to selfless heroism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jataka Tales, Seeds of Mindfulness 27 Mar 2008
By J. E. Hill - Published on
The "Twenty Jataka Tales" is a great book to read out loud to kids. I read several of these stories to my students at my elementary school recently. Because the heroes of these stories are different from those in most literature, books and television shows, they definitely caught the students' interest. The kids of today are not often exposed to stories that are NOT resolved with violence or by dominance of will or physical might. Since the stories were resolved through acts of compassion and lovingkindness, they stood out in contrast to most of the images and ideas children are accustomed to in modern culture. I was pleased to offer the children some new ways to view ourselves and others. The book is full of non-violent means to resolving conflict that benefit all parties in the stories. These are the stories that Buddha told to children during his own lifetime. These stories will plant seeds that may lead these children toward more thoughtful, empathetic ways to view themselves and others. They also provide alternative means for approaching disagreements, misunderstandings, and conflict in their own lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much nicer than Aesop 3 Jan 2003
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Gentle tales of/from Buddha. Mostly tales of animal kindness and you have no idea it is Buddha. Anyone could read them to children with no problems - OK, as long as their parents allow them to hear stories about talking, caring, feeling animals. The morals are more for you to determine; you are not hit over the head with them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lessons for life 27 Feb 2002
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Princess Noor Inayat Khan was a World War II heroine. A "spy" who could not tell a lie. As a SOE radio operator in occupied France, she gave her life in the fight for the liberation of her adopted homeland. As the daughter of a Sufi teacher, these tales reflect her view of life and from which one can see the foundation for the philosophies that shaped her life and martyred death. The stories are retold so to be easily read and/or understood by children, but the lessons they teach are for adults as well. The lessons taught are universal in application.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put the book down. Nice stories with a moral 29 Dec 2013
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I'm a middle-aged adult Buddhist. I bought the book in case I had children visitors. I started to read the stories, and found them so interesting I had a hard time putting it down. Uplifting, inspiring, and cautions against wrong-doing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming Children's Tale 6 July 2008
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These are charming tales. It adds poignancy to the story of the author in Spy Princess.
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