The Monkey BridgeBy
By Rafe Martin, Illustrated by Famimeh Amiri
A bridge of monkeys – how could that be?
In this retelling of a Buddhist Jataka tale, you follow the story of a group of monkeys and their wise king. They live in a secret location near a tree that bears the most beautiful and wonderous fruit. One day a human king finds out about this tree and it’s possible that the monkeys may not only lose their own tree, but their very lives! How does their wise monkey king overcome these difficulties and save the day?
What are Jataka tales? Author; Rafe Martin, shares a forward to the book that explains the history of jataka tales – some 500 or so stories about past lives of the Buddha, meant to inspire, encourage and teach. This retelling of one of those tales is a beautifully illustrated book that also teaches a marvelous lesson about finding positive solutions to troubling problems and what it means to be an inspiring leader.
From the renowned author of The Rough-Face Girl comes an exquisitely rendered version of one of India's best-loved tales about what it means to be a king. In the heart of Benares, on the banks of the river Ganges, stands a tree with fruit so perfect it can only be called treasure. How the tree got there is a tale of two rulers--one selfish and proud, one generous and brave--one a man and one a monkey. Having studied the Buddhist tradition for decades, Martin is at his lyrical best in this fable of how a human king's greed puts a tribe of monkeys in mortal danger, while a monkey king's sacrifice restores peace to his kingdom. Exquisitely illustrated with watercolor and gouache paintings in the authentic style of Indian and Persian miniatures, The Monkey Bridge has something important to say about the nature of true nobility and leadership.