Inspired by Buddhist tradition, this original story tells how Padme, a young servant girl, meets the Buddha as she is sweeping her master's house. When she laments that she is so busy that she would never have time to meditate, the Buddha gives her the instruction to "sweep and clean." This simple mindfulness practice transforms Padme's life, and when she encounters the Buddha many years later, he teaches her how to send compassion out to others. This book is a wonderful way to introduce children to the power of mindfulness meditation practice.
- Inner Front Cover Blurb
Long ago, in ancient India, an orphaned maiden named Padme grew up as a servant in a large, wealthy household.
- First Sentence
A crowd of people surrounded a man, but he was not seated on an elephant as a king would be, or on a horse as a warrior would be, or on a camel as a merchant would be. Instead, he was walking!
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MY THOUGHTS ... Having read the authors The Tiger And The Dove historical trilogy, I was delighted to see what she had in store with this her latest book for children.
A sweet story, perfect for winding down. Beautifully illustrated in bright, bold colours by the author herself no less - a young friend and I had such fun seeking out the (not always obvious) monkey(s) which grace each drawing.
Inspired by Buddhist tradition, The Sweeper is a gentle introduction to the practice of Mindfulness. As an ex teaching assistant, I can tell you that there aren't too many books on Buddhism aimed at primary school children out there and I think this would make a wonderful resource for any classroom (I have donated my copy to a Religious Resource Library). Padme's story used not only as a gentle introduction to Buddhism but to spark several conversations about the human condition in a way that is suitable for young children.