Great Jataka Tales
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Brilliant retellings of some of the world?s and India?s earliest stories, beloved by children and adults alike for over 2,000 years.
In a small forest, a hare convinces his friends?a monkey, a jackal and a water-weasel?to share their food with the hungry. But when the hare finds nothing to eat, and a fairy disguised as an old man comes asking for food, what does the hare do?
The king of monkeys asks his tribe to keep the delicious mangoes in their forest a secret from humans. But what happens when Brhmadatta, the king of humans, discovers the fruit and wants more of it?
A king spots the mysterious and beautiful deer, Sarabha, deep in the woods. He wishes to capture it but falls into a deep chasm on the way. Will Sarabha rescue him?
The twenty stories in Great Jataka Tales, retold by the remarkable writer Noor Inayat Khan, have been drawn from the Buddha?s former lives and the legends around him. These tales bring alive a world from long, long ago: a world that shows the importance of courage, compassion, non-violence and love. Written in simple, dramatic prose and beautifully illustrated in full colour, these magical stories will enchant a new generation of readers.
Noor Inayat Khan was born on 1 January 1914. She grew up in Europe and when World War II started, she became a secret agent. Noor joined the Women?s Auxiliary Air Force in 1940, and was later recruited by the Special Operations Executive. She was the first female wireless operator to be sent from Britain into occupied France in 1943. Noor?s work helped save the lives of many, but sadly, she was captured by the Nazis and killed in 1944. Noor was posthumously awarded military honours by France and Britain, the Croix De Guerre and the George Cross.Her book Twenty Jataka Tales was published in 1939.Kalyani Ganapathy (Illustrator) lives in the Nilgiris with her family. When she is not illustrating, she can be found reading, with her basset hound for company. Kalyani has always wanted to be a creator of children?s books. She loves travelling, and is always looking forward to new destinations and discoveries.