Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Book review: Buddha

Since yesterday was Buddha's birthday, and buddhism something the girls know little about, we read the picture book "Buddha" by Demi as an introduction. 

Buddha  by Demi is a picture book biography, in story format, of the spiritual leader. 
Using Demi's characteristic illustrations laced in gold, the story spans from the prophecies told prior to Siddhartha's birth, to his passing at age 80. 
This book was perfect as an introduction to Buddha and the very basics of Buddhism for the girls (aged 10 & 14), since it included Siddhartha's childhood, the life and thoughts that led him to choose the pursuit of the Truth and become the Buddha, the basic tenets of Buddhism, the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, and two of Buddha's parables. 
Pea was captured throughout, which I believe is due to her interest in spirituality. Elle (10) was captured by the illustrations, but did feel the book was long and seemed to glaze over 3/4 of the way in - it might have been better to read it in parts, over a couple of days, as it is text heavy. 

What can your family do to celebrate Buddha's birthday? 

* You can make lucky ''Peace'' steamed buns with this recipe
* You can cook up vegetarian Buddha's Delight with this recipe
* You can paint a lotus flower, the Buddhist symbol of purity 

I've linked up this post to these great blog hops of reviews and activities for Children's books at Children's Bookshelf and the Kid Lit Blog Hop
Books are a wonderful way to experience new worlds and ideas. Our house is filled with books, most of which are borrowed from our public library. Public libraries are an incredible resource, making books accessible to everyone, and we highly encourage everyone to discover theirs. If you are hoping to build your own home library,I've made it easy by linking book titles to Amazon.com. Please note that I have become affiliated with them, which means that if you make a purchase, you are also supporting this website.


  1. I'd like to share more about Buddha with my kids, too. Thanks for sharing at The Children's Bookshelf, I hope you join us again when we return in September.

    1. Thanks, we'll definitely keep sharing and checking out the Children's bookshelf :)

  2. stopping by from the Kid Lit Blog Hop, I am always interested in learning about other religions and try to encourage my son to learn about other people as well. So this is a great book to keep on hand. Have a great day

    1. Thanks for stopping by - hope you get a chance to check out the book :)

  3. Fantastic recommendation. We've recently been reading more in depth about different religions and the kids are so fascinated. We'll have to add this one to our bookshelf. Thanks for sharing in the Kid Lit Blog Hop!


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