Book review: The Banyan Deer: A Parable of Courage & Compassion (Rafe Martin; illustrated by Richard Wehrman)

Via on May 7, 2010

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This nicely illustrated children’s book is an elegant recreation of a story found in the Pali Jataka of one of the Buddha’s earlier lifetimes. The narrative of a deer king who lays his life on the line not only for his own people but for all creatures, this story is a tale for all ages, with many subtleties layered beneath its surface. Though this is originally a Buddhist story, the text does well regardless of belief system (or lack thereof). The Banyan Deer is a welcome addition to any collection.

Wisdom Publications has not only published a story demonstrating courage and compassion, but they demonstrate it as well. The Banyan Deer is printed in the United States on 30% post consumer waste FSC certified paper, and when I received it, it was shipped in recyclable cardboard. The Banyan Deer is published by Wisdom Publications and is available from your local, independent bookstore. (Shop local, shop independent, and tell ‘em you saw it on Elephant Journal!)

About Todd Mayville

Todd is a single dad of four diverse and lively kids, and is an English teacher and climbing team coach at a local public high school. A rock climber, cyclist and avid reader, Todd also practices yoga and meditation as often as he possibly can, which helps him stay at least a little centered and sane.

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5 Responses to “Book review: The Banyan Deer: A Parable of Courage & Compassion (Rafe Martin; illustrated by Richard Wehrman)”

  1. Thanks, Todd. Good review. Thanks for keeping me informed about books I might never notice without your help. I'm sure many others feel the same way.

    Bob Weisenberg

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