The Hero of Compassion

How Lokeshvara Got One Thousand Arms

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Pub Date 22 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 22 Nov 2022

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The magical story of a compassionate hero who learns how to always care for others and to never give up—for kids ages 4–8.

Lokeshvara shows us that with compassion,
we can always pick up the pieces of a broken heart,
and be stronger, more loving, and more wise than before.
Lokeshvara is a compassionate hero who lives above the moon. He tries to help every single being in the world but gets frustrated when he realizes that he can’t save everyone. Lokeshvara becomes so disheartened that he explodes into a thousand pieces. With a little help from a wise friend and teacher, the pieces are put back together in a way that can benefit even more beings than before. 
Lokeshvara’s tale of compassion and resilience teaches us that even when we feel overwhelmed by the suffering we see in the world, we can still find creative ways to help those around us. 
With beautiful illustrations that use a unique approach to color, shadows, and perspective to evoke a sense of magic and wonder, this retelling of a classic Asian Buddhist tale is timely and meaningful for kids and grown-ups alike. 
The magical story of a compassionate hero who learns how to always care for others and to never give up—for kids ages 4–8.

Lokeshvara shows us that with compassion,
we can always pick up the pieces of...

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I love reading and finding children's books from other culture's stories and histories! I think it's so important for kids to have access to learning about religious stories and mythologies outside of the ones they might learn about at home or more frequently at school and this one was great!

The story is easy enough for children to read and follow and the illustrations are beautifully done and work hand in hand to help tell the story of Lokeshvara.

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A really wonderful book about kindness and empathy and how, even with a broken heart, you can reach out to those around you to help them and in return that can help you heal.

I love how this book uses a story from Buddhism and in such a way that even small children can understand what is being taught, and the illustrations are simply gorgeous and filled with images that totally enhance the story [and can be used to see other things happening along with the story]. I have read other books with illustrations by this artist and I would recommend her work to anyone.

There is a little note at the end end of the story and that further explains the importance of this book [especially now; we ALL need to remember to be kinder to each other, in the face of so much cruelty around us] and why it is important to be kind. I really appreciated the author's input about this.

I highly recommend this book - we need all the kindness we can get right now and this is a very good way to teach little about it and why it is important.

Thank you to NetGalley, Harry Einhorn, Khoa Le - Illustrator, and Shambhala Publications/Bala Kids for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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This folktale comes from Buddhism and tells the story of Lokeshvara. Lokeshvara is selfless, compassionate and is completely devoted to helping others. The story sends the message about supporting others and helping anyone in need. There are beautiful illustrations with a clear cultural infusion that help to tell the story. In a world where we desperately need more love and kindness, this book is the perfect one to add to a school or family collection. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the chance to read and review this book!

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