Little Sid: The Tiny Prince Who Became Buddha

Little Sid: The Tiny Prince Who Became Buddha

In this charming and accessible picture book, Ian Lendler and Xanthe Bouma offer a heart-warming account of the childhood of the Buddha.A spoiled young prince, Siddhartha got everything he ever asked for, until he asked for what couldn’t be given ― happiness.Join Little Sid as he sets off on a journey of discovery and encounters mysterious wise-folk, terrifying tigers, and...

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Title:Little Sid: The Tiny Prince Who Became Buddha
Author:Ian Lendler
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Edition Language:English

Little Sid: The Tiny Prince Who Became Buddha Reviews

  • Ryan

    I am giving this book 5 stars. While I know that Buddhism is a practice of mindfulness and meditation in search of awakening, I never really knew how it started. Well, this book taught me a lesson. The story is simple, but one that I think will resonate with many children today. While the story is the Buddha story, it’s not a religious story, more of a family and community story. Plus the artwork is AMAZING. The color work is gorgeous. I want pages to frame and hang on my wall.

  • Jeimy

    Gorgeously illustrated biography of Siddhartha Gautama's early years.

  • Amber Webb

    The story of Sid is an all too familiar tale for many children. Parents would rather buy gifts and items than be present in their life. The story of Little Sid and his family was a wonderful reminder for parents to be present in the lives of their children and a reminder to children to speak up and ask for what they really want. I can't wait to share this story with my students and their families. I also appreciate the origins in the back of the book.

  • Kelly Gunderman

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    Religion fascinates me. All religions - I love learning about them. Because I love learning about them, I also wan

    Check out this, other reviews, and more fun bookish things on my young adult book blog,

    Religion fascinates me. All religions - I love learning about them. Because I love learning about them, I also want my children to grow up with an interest in religions - not only whichever religion they choose when they get older, but the religions of other people around the world. It's important to know at least a few things about them I think, and

    is a great way to teach even very young children about Buddhism.

    I'm conflicted about what to talk about first when it comes to this book - there is so much to love about it. The artwork, the writing, the story - it's all something to be cherished and makes for great story time with children or a refreshing read for yourself.

    I think what drew me into

    right off the bat was the colorful artwork on the cover. I know we should never judge a book by its cover, but just look at that - it's bright in terms of color, and the illustration is simply charming. Of course it would not only attract the attention of a child, but it does the same for adults, too!

    If you like the cover, you'll be pleased to know that the inside of the book is filled with the same beautiful and colorful illustrations on all 40 pages.

    I read this with my daughter who is five, and she was simply captivated by the beautiful pictures in the book. While I believe the story is equally important in a picture book, I also think that it has to have illustrations that will help hold interest, and that goes above and beyond in this book.

    So what about the story within the pages of

    ? Let's talk about that now!

    tells the story of Sid, a young prince who has it all - even performers who are always around to make him laugh. He is constantly showered with gifts, but there is one thing wrong - he isn't happy. He tries to talk to his parents, but they are constantly telling him that they have things to do and that he will have to wait for later, which in turn makes him even more unhappy.

    He deals with a few animals - such as a scary tiger and a mouse that isn't quite what it seems, and after a frightening situation arises, Sid comes to the conclusion about happiness, and decides that he must share his discovery with others.

    The message within the pages of this book is simple enough for a child to understand, and yet complex enough for an adult to ponder, before coming to the realization that this book is one hundred percent correct about what it is trying to say. The message is one that goes directly to the heart, as well as opens up eyes to make it quite clear what is trying to be said.

    It's the type of message that speaks wonders in this day and age, and it's such a refreshing thing to come back to in times when you are feeling overwhelmed, sad, or just stressed. I've read this book several times now and not only do I find it comforting, but it also has sparked an interest into doing some research about Buddhism. I do admit that while I know the basic principles, I am not all that familiar with the religion's finer details.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

  • Kirsty

    Lovely artwork with a great message for all children, whether or not their parents are Buddhists.

  • Linda V

    Review will be posted at a future date.

  • Molly

    Though not historically accurate, it gives a great little insight into the world of the Buddha and makes the idea of happiness a more understandable concept for younger readers. I would recommend this to parents who would like to introduce them to concepts of Buddhism at a young age.

  • Raven Black

    I think I would have liked this better with less of a contemporary take on it/more realistic presentation. While I do not know for sure he didn't have stuffed animals, somehow I don't think he would have them or called them that. However, I understand that the text is for a younger, modern audience and Lendler wants to capture their attention.

    I love the illustrations. They are bright and fun to read more than the text.

  • Baby Bookworm

    Hello, friends! Our book today is

    , written by Ian Lendler and illustrated by Xanthe Bouma, a story inspired by the teachings of the Gautama Buddha.

    Little Sid is a young boy like any young boy, with only one major difference – his parents are the king and queen. Sid is inundated with toys, gifts, treats, and entertainment every waking moment of his l

    Hello, friends! Our book today is

    , written by Ian Lendler and illustrated by Xanthe Bouma, a story inspired by the teachings of the Gautama Buddha.

    Little Sid is a young boy like any young boy, with only one major difference – his parents are the king and queen. Sid is inundated with toys, gifts, treats, and entertainment every waking moment of his life, but he is unfulfilled. What he wishes for most is to spend time with his perpetually occupied parents, but whenever he tries to, they are too busy. Sid decides to leave home in the hopes of finding the answer as to why he is unhappy, asking at the homes of each village he passes to find out. At last, he is led to a mountain where three wise ones supposedly live. Will Sid find the answers he seeks atop the mountain? Or were his answers inside him all along?

    This is a tough one. There are some elements that we really enjoyed here, but definitely some places where the book falters as well. The core messages of anti-materialism, perspectives, and being in the moment are universal, and can be appreciated by Buddhist and non-Buddhist readers alike. However, the representation of this being a biographical story of Siddhartha Gautama is highly inaccurate – the closest this could be considered is a “Disney-fied” account. The art has great ambition and is very cute, but relies too much on white space, making details hard to pick out and spreads feel underwhelming. The length is fine, but JJ’s attention was waning by the end. Interesting concept, lackluster execution, but still some good themes – not on our list, but you may feel different.

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