So, said he, “Be kind to all! Humungous or little or really, really small!”
Mahavira, believed that all living beings have a soul. And, that each soul is of equal value, be it an elephant, an ant or a person. He encourages us to be kind to all.
This board book Kindness With Mahavira will enable children to explore numerous ways of being kind to humans, to animals and to their own selves.
The Learning TO BE series is a creative way to introduce your little ones to big values in an engaging manner. Written in simple text and magical verse, this series is perfect to read aloud to toddlers (2-4 year olds) and excellent for beginning readers (4-8 year olds).
Look for other titles in this series: Service with Guru Nanak and Peace with Buddha.
Chitwan Mittal holds an MA in Values in Education from the University of London. Actively involved in children’s education since 2005, she was part of the committee that established the Indian Institute of Teacher Education and the Children’s University by the Government of Gujarat, India. She is now foraying into the field of writing children’s picture books. Her books encourage engagement and diversity and focus on value-oriented education, bi-lingual learning and South Asian culture. She lives between India and Singapore with her husband and two sons.
Sarita Saraf is a writer and an artist, with an intense passion for reading. Art has been central in her life which led her to work as a Graphic designer in an architectural firm for a few years. She has authored three monographs, Nachiketas, Socrates and Abraham Lincoln, and has recently translated Sri Aurobindo’s ‘Hymns to the Mystic Fire’ in Hindi. Children’s books is another avenue which opened new doors. Having penned seven-eight children’s stories earlier (not yet in print), she has begun dabbling in verse and loves it!
Debasmita Dasgupta is a Singapore-based, internationally published, Kirkus Best Prize-nominated illustrator & graphic novelist. She enjoys drawing both fiction & non-fiction for children & young adults. She has illustrated a significant number of picture books, comics & poems working with many international publishers. With a diploma on Comic Art from the California College of the Arts, she was awarded as one of the 50 creative fellows by the National Arts Strategies (USA) in 2015 & an arts fellow under Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in the UK.
"This short but effective tale deftly indicates how even small, simple deeds can make a positive and lasting difference. Mittal and Saraf’s insights into Mahavira’s story emphasize that kindness will always be relevant and appreciated. Full of whimsy and charm, Dasgupta’s illustrations feature bursts of color and texture. Backgrounds include distinctive elements, including plants, birds, and large, graphic lettering with sentiments like “TO BE KIND!” A wonderfully illustrated, engaging tale that teaches youngsters about the importance of kindness for all." —Kirkus Reviews