Review Blog

Apr 13 2012

Siddhartha and the swan by Andrew Fusek Peters

cover image

Ill. by Miss Swanne. Bloomsbury Books, 2012. ISBN 9781 4081 3947 9.
(Ages: 6+) Indian Folk Tales. Another in the series, Stories from World Religions, this tale of Siddharth and the swan has similarities to other tales about swans in other cultures. The swan is shot by an arrow and nursed back to health by the prince. His cousin who shot the swan claims it as his prize but an old man says no, the swan is still alive and so must be allowed to live. It is nursed by Siddhartha and eventually flies off over the mountains watched by Siddhartha and his cousin, now in agreement with his cousin's wishes. Years after, Siddhartha grows up to be the Buddha and teaches all people to be kind and thoughtful towards all living creatures. This is a story for our time, not only telling a rounded tale of being kind to animals, but also acquainting students with some of the philosophies of Buddhism.
Fran Knight

Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
2014 Booktrust Best Book Awards
SPA Book of the Year Awards 2014
2014 Tower Hamlets reading lists
Reading Children's Book Prize 2014
BILBY Award winners 2014
Kevin Brooks is 2014 CILIP Carnegie Medal winner
John Klassen wins Kate Greenaway Medal 2014
2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award
Hit List: For the Young, Fantastically Complex Reader
2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winners
2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction
Eric Hill author of Spot the Dog dies aged 86

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2013
Reviews: Author index
Between the lines
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Books for boys
Bookmark and poster templates