The Peaceable Forest

India's Tale of Kindness to Animals

Written By: Kosa Ely, Anna Johansson
“Once,” says the old man to the animals, “a hunter lived in this forest. Your grandparents lived in fear of him. The twang of his bow sent them running. Then something happened to change that forever . . . ”

In this ancient parable from India, a forest-dwelling hunter learns that cruelty has consequences and that compassion has rewards. When the hunter meets the wise man Narada, “Do unto others as they would do unto you” takes on a very concrete meaning as the sage leads the hunter on an imagined journey in which the hunter becomes the hunted. When the hunter realizes how his actions affect other living things, he has a change of heart and begins to live in peace with the animals he once pursued.

Kosa Ely adapts this traditional Indian tale into an inviting narrative that presents the universal golden rule in a new and appealing way. Anna Johansson’s richly detailed illustrations evoke the animal kingdom and enchanted forests with fine lines and luminous colors. The Peaceable Forest is the ideal picture book for inspiring young readers to respect life in all its forms.
Format: Hardbound
Publication Date: 9/11/2012
ISBN: 9781608871155
Pages: 32
Trim Size: 10 x 11 x .4

  • About the Author 
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Kosa Ely, Author: KOSA ELY is an award-winning artist and author of books for children. In 1998 Ely founded Arts of Vaishnava Culture, an educational nonprofit dedicated to supporting the arts and artists of the Vaishnava tradition for generations to come. Her previous books include The Prince and the Polestar and The Peaceable Forest. Ely and her husband, Bada Haridas, travel internationally to teach sacred music seminars and perform at festivals.

Anna Johansson, Illustrator: ANNA JOHANSSON is a self-taught watercolor artist from Sweden. Her artwork
is inspired by the mystical yoga tradition of ancient India. Her previous work includes The Peaceable Forest. She lives in Florida with her husband. When she is not creating art, she enjoys spending time with her granddaughter.