Saturday, April 5, 2014

#Children's #Book #Review: The Peaceable Forest: India's Tale of Kindness to Animals

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book to facilitate this review.

The Peaceable Forest: India's Tale of Kindness to Animals by Kosa Ely is an old parable from India about a hunter who hunts unmercifully--even when he does not need to eat.  He does it for the sole purpose of causing pain to the animals.  The animals approach a sage living in the forest who is able to show the hunter in a vision, what being hunted is like.  The hunter changes his way and we learn he is actually the old man in the book telling the fable.

My girls enjoyed this book.  They liked how the hunter was able to change his way and love the animals.  When I asked them how this could relate to people, they said it is like a bully who hurts others, but is then able to see what they are doing is wrong and change their ways.  They easily were able to discern the moral of the story of "do unto others..."

The illustrations in the story are also beautiful and I love the nice, thick semi-gloss pages.  Truly a beautiful book.

The only thing I did not like about it is that it sends a message that it is never okay to hunt animals.  It does mention in the beginning that the "hunter didn't just kill to eat, he also killed for fun."  But after that, any thought of hunting was deemed as wrong.  As I have a hunter in the family and we rely on his kills to feed us, this bothered me somewhat.  Even if I didn't have a hunter in the family, we would still buy meat from the store.  This didn't seem to phase my children, though, and I focused more on how it is applicable to humans with the theme of kindness to others.

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book to facilitate this review. 

1 comment:

Ruth Cox aka abitosunshine said...

Peaceable Forest sounds like a lovely book for kids with a lesson. I do enjoy the children's books that are beautifully illustrated on top quality pages. These seem to last better through many re-readings!

Yes, the hunting issue might bother me too, but I am glad you and your girls did not deem it the main focus for conversation.

Good review, Ann! I will be sharing this At Ruthi Reads Books For Kids!

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