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#54 - I Once Was a Monkey


This is a book for children, featuring stories which illustrate some of the main principles of Buddhism. It’s set during a monsoon, and when a monkey waits out the storm in a temple full of other animals, a statue of the Buddha comes to life and tells them stories, all of which illustrate moral lessons.

While I love the concept and the artwork, I found the prose to be a bit uninspired, for a read-aloud book. My seven-year-old also enjoyed it, but didn’t love it. We’ll probably read it a couple more times, but I’m going to keep my eyes out for something similar that is perhaps a bit more engaging to read. 6/10.

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