Who Is the Dalai Lama? (Who Was?) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-08 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 2 user ratings

" Got it for the kids—couldn’t put it down. I hope they read it! " said.

" I honestly knew very, very little about the Dalai Lama and this book was about the right amount of information for me to get an overview. " said.

" This wonderful biography tells the history of this holy he came to be chosen as the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, the troubles of his country, and how he fought for his people. It is a simplified version of his life, but it is great in detail also. " said.

" I love this series. This short biography offers a summary of the Dalai Lama's life, as well as Tibetan history.I didn't feel that this one captured the subject's personal character quite as much as I would've liked, but it was appropriately informative nonetheless. A worthy read for all ages about a remarkable human. " said.

" This was a wonderful book about the Dalai Lama from birth to current. It shed light on his being discovered at age two to be the reincarnated Dalai Lama and at age four moving to the palace to learn how to become who he is meant to be. It's also a good education on the struggles of Tibet and how China has basically tried to wipe out the Tibetan way of life, religion, and customs. " said.

"This is a brief but thorough description of the life of a fascinating person, the Dalai Lama. Born in 1935, Lhamo Thondup’s life changed dramatically when, at age two, he was identified as the reincarnation of the previous Dalai Lama. His early life, education, and his dramatic flight from Tibet during its takeover by Communist China are described, as well as the complicated political situation in which he has lived since then. As with the others in the series, the text is easily understood. Terms necessary to follow the narrative, such as Buddhism, Communism, and Nobel Prize are given full page treatment. Plentiful black and white drawings throughout the book clarify the text. There seemed to be even more illustrations than usual in the series which could prove helpful to readers trying to understand a life so different from their own. End pages include timelines as well as a Bibliography. " said.

This book is a great introduction to one of the world's most interesting and beloved figures. It does a nice job outlining the basics of the Dalai Lama's journey, although I wish there was a little more detail in areas. Obviously it is hard to make a book this short, and intended for a younger audience, do service to a figure of such grace, majesty and humility. The story of the Dali Lama, and Tibet is one that I worry one day will slowly fade away. The longer China controls the region the more I worry a people and their culture will be forgotten. I hope a book like this in some small way prevents that from happening.
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" Got it for the kids—couldn’t put it down. I hope they read it! " said.

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