Who was the Buddha?
Once upon a time in ancient India, a prince was born. His name was Siddhartha, and one day he would inherit a powerful kingdom. His father tried to protect him from the suffering and hardship beyond the palace walls, but just like children everywhere, the prince longed to see the world.
Under the Bodhi Tree is the story of a boy and his journey for understanding that eventually led him to the path of peace. Told in lyrical language, this excellent introduction to the story of the Buddha is beautifully illustrated and perfect for children who are curious about the real people who made history.
About the Author
Deborah Hopkinson has a master's degree in Asian Studies from the University of Hawai?i at Manoa, where she studied the role of women in 13th-century Japanese Buddhism. She lived in Honolulu for 20 years and practiced Zen Buddhism with the late Roshi Robert Aitken, founder of the Diamond Sangha and Buddhist Peace Fellowship. She lives near Portland, Oregon, where she writes books for children and teens. For more, see deborahhopkinson.com.
Kailey Whitman is a Philadelphia-based illustrator and designer. Her clients include the New York Times, the Village Voice, Grid magazine, Quarto, and many others. For more, see kaileywhitman.com.
Independent Publisher Book Award 2020: BRONZE AWARD for CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOKS (ALL AGES)