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An Educational Celebration of World Religion – Children’s Book Review of Mahavira by Manoj Jain

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From the Amazon book description:

Imagine a world where no one gets hurt, a world where no one is teased or bullied, a world where there is no fear or anger. Six centuries before the birth of Jesus, in the faraway land of India, there lived a great spiritual teacher name Mahavira (which means “very brave”), who imagined just such a world. He showed kindness to every living being and emphasized the practice of nonviolence, compassion, and forgiveness. The religion of Mahavira was called Jainism.

Mahavira by Manoj Jain and illustrated by Demi is a beautiful introduction to the eponymous hero and Jainism’s values for children and adults alike. Especially for Jainists and those who celebrate world religions, this would be a must-have.

The artwork by Demi is reminiscent of ancient Indian scrolls. It gives it a timeless nature and shows the value of traditions.

By telling the life story of Mahavira, the book offers lessons about love, compassion, and forgiveness to approach the world through non-violence. Though the Jain religion is small in number, these values are held world over, and are among the most important values we can teach our children, no matter their spiritual upbringing.

Attention, librarians, this is definitely a great addition to your children’s collection.

Author: Erin Perry

I'm a high school English teacher specializing in AP Literature and Film Analysis. I'm interested in most things geeky, including superheroes, vampires, zombies, teen culture, postmodern philosophy, pop culture analysis, and combinations of the aforementioned. Follow me on Twitter @eriuperry.

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