Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Bookish Gift Ideas: The Sweeper (A Buddhist Tale) by Rebecca Hazell - #Review

My thoughts
I firmly believe that children should learn about different cultures and religions. What better vehicle than through the reading of books? The Sweeper is an excellent introduction to the tenets of the Buddhist faith. I love how the practice of mindfulness is introduced so simply. How it can be incorporated in anyone's daily life. Even for people of a different faith, the practice of mindfulness would seem to be a helpful practice in every day life...for children too. I especially liked this simple prayer chant introduced in the book...

May all beings enjoy happiness and the root of happiness.
May they be free from suffering and the root of suffering.
May they enjoy the great happiness free from suffering.
May they dwell in the great balance 
that is free from craving, anger, and misunderstanding.

This is a prayer that would serve anyone well, Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike.

I also must mention that this wonderful book is vividly illustrated by the author. The illustrations are very colorful and expressive. They greatly enhance the story. Children will be delighted by them.

I highly recommend this book. It would make a great gift and be a fine addition to any child's library.

About the book
SIZE: 8.25 X 10.75
ISBN: 9781611804386

Inspired by Buddhist tradition, this original story tells how Padme, a young servant girl, meets the Buddha as she is sweeping her master’s house. When she laments that she is so busy that she would never have time to meditate, the Buddha gives her the instruction to “sweep and clean.” This simple mindfulness practice transforms Padme’s life, and when she encounters the Buddha many years later, he teaches her how to send compassion out to others. This beautifully illustrated picture book is a wonderful way to introduce children to the power of mindfulness meditation practice.

Available for purchase at

About the author
Rebecca Hazell is an award-winning artist, author, and educator. She has published four nonfiction children’s books and created best-selling educational filmstrips and educational craft kits for children. She is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, and she holds an honors BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz in Russian and Chinese history. Her books include The Barefoot Book of Heroic Children, Women Writers, and several self-published fantasy novels. Her website is

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  1. Thanks so much, Michelle. You really 'got' why I wrote this little book. Parents, you can also use this book as a find-the-monkeys game with your kids! And as a way to discuss lots of interesting ideas and values. Happy Holidays!


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