Becoming Buddha: the story of Siddhartha
Siddhartha Gautama was born a wealthy prince. He gradually gave up worldly ways until, at age thirty-five, he attained supreme enlightenment and became the Buddha. With a foreword by the Dalai Lama, the story is beautifully illustrated with rich oriental-style paintings of the key stages in Siddhartha's life. An author's note at the end gives background information and is followed by suggestions on how to meditate from the Dalai Lama himself.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Whitney Stewart: As a teenager, Whitney Stewart travelled from Boston to Iceland to Greece. She wrote masses of stories on her journeys, and after many years published a humorous piece about being vegetarian in Greece. She began writing middle-grade biographies after she met and interviewed the 14th Dalai Lama, the subject of two of her books. For her next biographies, Stewart trekked with Sir Edmund Hillary in the Mt. Everest region of Nepal, and journeyed to Burma to interview Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. She has also published biographies of Chinese leaders Deng Xiaoping and Mao Zedong, and many non-fiction magazine articles. Whitney lives in New Orleans.
Sally Rippin: Sally Rippin was born in Darwin but spent most of her childhood in South-East Asia. As an adult she spent three years in China studying traditional Chinese painting before returning to Australia. Her first two picture books were Speak Chinese, Fang Fang! and Fang Fang's Chinese New Year – which won the CBC Crichton Award in 1997.