“Long ago, in a peaceful forest…” the animals gathered around a kindly old hermit to hear a story. The tale was about a hunter who had lived in their forest; he hunted just for fun and the animals lived in fear. Fortunately, the holy sage Narada came there. He showed the hunter how by hurting animals we hurt ourselves—and the joys of being their friend. Through Narada’s love and kindness, the hunter became a new person. This ancient tale from India inspires compassion and respect for all life. Beautifully illustrated in full color by Anna Johansson, it ends with a surprise.
“An inspirational story from the East, this beautiful book teaches children the importance of ahimsa (non-violence). The Peaceable Forest deserves to be read and contemplated, shared and given to others.”
–Jack Canfield, Co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series
“This captivating story is not only exquisitely illustrated. It also offers a timeless message of compassion and kindness for children of all ages. My grandchildren loved it. And so did I.”
— John Robbins, author The Food Revolution, Diet For A New America, No Happy Cows, and many other best-sellers.
“The Peaceable Forest is sensational! Beautiful text, beautiful art, beautiful message. The unity and fraternity of all that lives has never been more charmingly presented.”
–H. D. Goswami, Ph.D. Sanskrit and Indian Studies, Harvard University
“…a beautiful, heart-warming and inspiring story of redemption and connection, sure to appeal to children of many ages…”
“This true story comes from ancient sacred writings of India, retold with grace and unexpected surprises. It’s a beautiful, heart-warming and inspiring story of redemption and connection, sure to appeal to children of many ages and backgrounds. Adults will delight in reading this story again and again to their young listeners, exploring the ways in which we find our higher nature. Illustrations beautiful enough to grace a living room wall bring the forest and its inhabitants to life with depth and motion. The message of ahimsa is artfully woven into the book to delicately stir the minds and hearts of readers to be part of a better world.”
–Dr. Edith Best, (Urmila Devidasi) teacher, and author of Dr. Best Learn to Read, a literacy program for children
“In my home, Kosa Ely’s first book The Prince and the Polestar, is a big favorite. My children love the tale of Prince Dhruva and can recite the text by heart. Now, after having the pleasure of reading her second offering, ‘The Peaceable Forest’, I am thrilled to have another certain family favorite for bedtimes! The story is heart-meltingly sweet. The spiritual and moral voice in this book is very well introduced, with nothing jarring in it’s message, though the message is strong. The illustrations, by Anna Johansson, are very beautiful and flow wonderfully with the text. The subject is close to my own heart, that of kindness to animals. I feel that all children love this subject too, and by reading The Peaceable Forest will come to understand the deeper meaning behind nonviolence to animals, and peace in general. I shall be reading this book to my little children tonight, and, I am guessing, many more nights to come… and my only question to Ms. Ely is… when will your next book be coming out?”
–Pia, Award-winning Singer and Songwriter