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Twenty Jataka Tales

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These twenty tales have been drawn from famous legends concerning the former lives of the Buddha. Beloved by children and adults alike, they tell of people and animals moved to acts of sacrifice by the noble example of their fellow creatures. The flavor is often suggestive of Aesop, as are the lessons that are so subtly and keenly conveyed.

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Paperback, 152 pages
Published May 1st 1985 by Inner Traditions (first published 1975)
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Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Noor Inayat Khan was extremely brave.

She was a hero.

She also, as is evidenced by this book, a talented writer. When she was killed by the Nazis, France and Britian each not only lost a patriot but the world lost an author.

It is impossible not to read this collection and not think of the political climate of Europe at the time the book came out (just prior to WW II) despite the elements of Buudism. Of the twenty tales, most deal with leadership. All deal with scarifice and/or morality. Most deal
Akin to Aesop's fables. Very short tales about being kind and wise. Most involve animals instead of people.
Although I had not previously read this collection, some of these stories seemed familiar.
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
These Indian tales are very intelligent and marvellous, with their own morals and sayings. I have been learning about Ancient India, and little Indian children are meant to be told them too. They are all very good stories about talking animals and amazing kings.

The author of this book, who told all the Indian tales for little children, was an Indian princess named Noor. With easy-to-read words and sentences ('and to you, my little ones'), these tales are the perfect ones for six- twelve-year-old
Nov 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-library
Genre: Fables

Reading Level: Fluent

Topics & Themes: Legends of Buddha.

Curricular Use: Read aloud

Social: Self-sacrifice. Love for all creatures. Equality. Qualities of a leader/king. Moral theme of each story. Religion.

Literary Elements: Personification: most of the stories feature animal characters. Metaphor. Imagery.

Text & Pictures: Each story begins with a black and white illustration capturing a scene from the fable.

Additional Notes: Book written by a member of the last royal family o
Nov 18, 2008 rated it liked it
Summary: This text is a collection of Indian tales. Each story teaches a moral by using the old stories past down from generation to generation.

Uses: read aloud (one story at a time over an extend period)

Literary Devices: metaphors, rhymes, symbolism

Social Issues: love, equality, service, self-sacrifice, being a kind ruler/leader, being obedient, other religions, different cultures' beliefs

Other: This is a great way to introduce other cultures' beliefs into the classroom. The stories provide a l
Anna Bear
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I saw the Jataka Tales mentioned in an interview with Kristy MItchell, a photographer and artist who published a book called Wonderland. I wanted to know more of the background and stories that inspired her work, so I went to find some. These are wonderful, short tales that are meant to express the many lives of Buddha. Buddha is reincarnated many times, and he can be a king, and animal, or even flowers in a garden, and these are some of the tales of his past lives.
Mar 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-stuff
A collection of short Aesop-esque legends of the former incarnations of the Buddha that relates tales of wisdom and kindness. Here he’s a lion, kindly correcting a panicking hare who thinks the world is ending. There he’s an stag convincing the king through his willingness to sacrifice himself for any of his fellow creature that all animals are worthy of respect. The tales are simple and fun & the morals subtle enough to compliment and not overpower the sweet nature of the book.
Feb 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
genre - fiction

reading level - 3rd to 5th grade

topic and themes - these tales have come from famous Buddha legends

curricula use - read aloud

social - Moral issues, sacrifice

literary elements - metaphor, symbolism, irony, conflict between characters

text and pictures - each short story has it's own black and white picture to associate with it
Corby Lancaster
Feb 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lled-402-catalog
Genre- Fiction / Book of Fables

Reading Level- grades 1-6

Topic and Themes- Fables and Moral lessons

Curricula Use- Read aloud

Social- Morals and life lessons

Literary Elements-Symbolism & metaphor. Book of a variety of tales in which everyone any age can learn from.

Summary- "Twenty Jataka Tales" is an excellent book of fables that have very important life lessons in them.
Shannon Amici
Mar 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 402-catalog
Reading Level- 2-6

Genre- Fables/fiction

Topic- fables that end with a lesson learned

Social- moral lessons, sacrifice, love, equality

Curricula Use- read aloud

Literary elements-symbolism

Summary- Twenty tales that each teach a moral. Stories that are passed down.
Nov 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Ok not a level with other similar collections of sufi or sadhu stories but still a good one to read to children.
Feb 22, 2014 rated it liked it
a nostalgic vibe....
Rishika Dhelia
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Oct 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
read alouds, independent reading
short stories
many different morals represented in the stories by the last princess of India

Jul 13, 2016 marked it as to-read
Watched a nice documentary about her and got fascinated.
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From BBC History:

Noor Inayat Khan was born on New Year's Day 1914 in Moscow to an Indian father and an American mother. She was a direct descendant of Tipu Sultan, the 18th century Muslim ruler of Mysore. Khan's father was a musician and Sufi teacher. He moved his family first to London and then to Paris, where Khan was educated and later worked writing childrens' stories. Khan escaped to England
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