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The Peaceable Forest: India's Tale of Kindness to Animals
Reach And Teach Says:
The Green Festival is one of our favorite annual events and last year a beautiful woman, with an amazing spirit, walked into our booth and after spending some time with us said "You've just got to see this book." She came back later with a copy of The Peaceable Forest and she was absolutely right. We had to see it AND we had to make it available to you! It is a beautifully illustrated and compellingly told story of how one can be moved away from cruelty and towards a life of compassion.
About the Book:
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.
Deep in an old forest, the sun shone on a clearing. An old man who lived in this forest called to the animals, “Come, gather round. I’ll tell you a story you have never heard before.”
Animals love stories as much as children do. So they scampered in close and perked up their ears.
“Once, not so long ago, a hunter lived in this very forest,” the old man began.
“I will do anything,” Mrigari promised.
“Break your bow,” Narada said. “From today on, never harm or eat another animal.”
“But how will I live?” asked Mrigari. “What will I eat?”
“You do not have to kill to eat. The earth produces fruits and vegetables, grains and beans. You will not go hungry.”
Clasping his prized bow with both hands, Mrigari bent the ends together. The bow snapped in two and a loud crack echoed through the forest. His life as a hunter was over and he sighed with relief.
“Now come with me,” said Narada.
The hunter became a new person. Narada’s love and kindness changed that cruel hunter into a gentle good-hearted man.
About the Author and Illustrator:
Kosa Ely grew up in a family of artists in the coastal towns of California, writing and painting from a young age. After graduating from Laguna Beach High School, Kosa's English and art studies took her around the world, exploring storytelling and folk arts in eighteen countries. From the rainforests of Peru to villages in South India to remote areas of Australia.
Swedish born Anna Johansson's work has been featured in a variety of books and magazines. Her primary inspiration comes from the yoga traditions of ancient India and the fantasy styles of Arthur Rackham and Warwick Goble. She works primarily with pencil and ink. Anna and her daughter Vrinda are co-creating a three-volume illustrated version of the Indian epic Ramayana.
- Written by Kosa Ely
- Illustrated by Anna Johansson
- Published Sep 2012
- Published by Mandala Publishing
- Trade Cloth, Picture Book
- ISBN 978-1-60887-115-5 | 9781608871155
- 1-60887-115-0 | 1608871150
- Children's Books
- JUVENILE FICTION
- Fairy Tales & Folklore/Adaptations