When his herd is threatened by a King whose sole passion is the hunting of animals, the Buddha, in the form of the Banyan Deer King, leads the herd to safety by performing the ultimate sacrifice — offering his life in the place of a pregnant young doe. When the King offers to spare his life and that of his herd, the Banyan Deer reminds him that his freedom would be meaningless if it was gained by putting others in harmís way. Only when all beings were free to pursue a life of peace, love and happiness is the Banyan King be able to experience true freedom himself.
A moving tale of compassion and courage, this book will be treasured by those great and small. Author Rafe Martin has is the recipient of the Empire State Award, three American Library Association Notable Book awards, four Parents' Choice Gold Awards, and many others. Illustrator Richard Wehrman has received a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators and his paintings have been exhibited at the Saint Louis Art Museum and other places of distinction.
Ages 6 and up. Hardcover, 48 pages.