Ashoka the Fierce

How an Angry Prince Became India’s Emperor of Peace

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Pub Date 07 Dec 2021 | Archive Date 07 Dec 2021

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The story of how Ashoka the Fierce became known as Ashoka the Great.
 
As a boy, Ashoka was overlooked as a successor to his father, the emperor. He grew to become arrogant, impatient, and above all, angry. Wanting nothing more than to be king, Ashoka learned to be cunning, and when he finally managed to ascend to the throne, he was eager for war. But after a particularly brutal battle, Ashoka was heartbroken and  haunted by the death and devastation he had caused. This moment marked a momentous change of heart.
 
Upon returning home, Ashoka’s wife encouraged him to study and practice the Buddhist teachings and to move beyond his destructive past. When Ashoka finally met a wise Buddhist monk, it transformed the way he saw the world and the role of an emperor. Ashoka spent the rest of his days tirelessly working to help his people and promoting the qualities of compassion, tolerance, and virtue.
The story of how Ashoka the Fierce became known as Ashoka the Great.
 
As a boy, Ashoka was overlooked as a successor to his father, the emperor. He grew to become arrogant, impatient, and above all...

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Visually stunning and easily accessible story of a historical legend that features a heartwarming message that carries through the ages. Great for story time or guided reading with an adult, this book has amazing artwork with delicate details.

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Blurb: The story of how Ashoka the Fierce became known as Ashoka the Great. As a boy, Ashoka was overlooked as a successor to his father, the emperor. He grew to become arrogant, impatient, and above all, angry. Wanting nothing more than to be king, Ashoka learned to be cunning, and when he finally managed to ascend to the throne, he was eager for war. But after a particularly brutal battle, Ashoka was heartbroken and haunted by the death and devastation he had caused. This moment marked a momentous change of heart. Upon returning home, Ashoka’s wife encouraged him to study and practice the Buddhist teachings and to move beyond his destructive past. When Ashoka finally met a wise Buddhist monk, it transformed the way he saw the world and the role of an emperor. Ashoka spent the rest of his days tirelessly working to help his people and promoting the qualities of compassion, tolerance, and virtue. I've not heard of the emperor Ashoka before, but I was familiar with the Buddhist teachings that had been carved into pillars all across India in which he was responsible for. This children's book is a nice look at the emperor of India who almost singlehandedly helped to spread Buddhism across Asia. The illustrations are especially great. Thank you to netgalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review!

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