A Jataka Tale from India
Perfect for reading aloud, this beautifully told story is a captivating and animal-packed version of an ancient "The Sky is Falling" tale from India. Vibrant illustrations (see how they were created!), inside exquisite borders, have the richness and detail of a gorgeous tapestry on every page.
Observant youngsters will enjoy trying to discover where the worrywart hare is in each illustration (hint: she's the only hare with green eyes). Notes at the back of the book give additional information on the endangered species featured, as well as the Buddhist origins of the story itself.
"This is a story worth knowing...and it is retold in well-chosen language with enough repetition to make the narrative sing...best of all are the illustrations..."
School Library Journal
"This is certainly a book to treasure."
Quill & Quire (starred review)
"...sumptuous paintings of thousands of animals in free flow across its pages, and the cumulative pleasures of counting in thousands, not ones and twos. And, of course, there's the story itself, a retelling of a traditional tale that can't be trumped."
Globe & Mail
Awards & Honors
Conaculta 7th International Illustrated Children's and Youth's Book Award
Bank Street College of Education, Best Children's Books of 2003
Finalist - Blue Spruce Award
Finalist - Shining Willow Award
International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), Canada, Outstanding Canadian Picture Book
Canadian Children's Book Centre, "Our Choice" Selection