A Jataka folktale of a rabbit and a lion is the March Book of the Month

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Foolish Rabbit’s Big Mistake by Rafe Martin and illustrated by Ed Young.  G.P. Putnam’s Sons: New York.  1985.

Rafe Martin is a professional storyteller.  He is also the author of over 20 books that have been translated into many  languages including Swedish, French, Xhosa, Zulu, Afrikaans, Korean,   Japanese and Portuguese.

Rafe’s retelling of a well-known Jataka tale, Foolish Rabbit’s Big Mistake, illustrates how jumping to conclusions can lead to trouble. It is the story of how a little rabbit misinterprets a loud crash, and how a brave lion’s common sense restores order to chaos. It is, essentially, a story about fears and rumors, and ultimately of courage.  A funny, rhythmic beautiful picture book about courage and facing fears—with a very happy ending.

For over forty years, Rafe has been  investigating, working with and writing about the  ancient, traditional Buddhist teachings expressed in the Jataka Tales. For the past several years, he has been sharing these teachings and his profound interpretations of them at Buddhist communities throughout the world.

In addition to being a storyteller and author,  Rafe Martin is also a graduate of Harpur College.   Foolish Rabbit’s Big Mistake is housed in the Alumni Authors Collection in the University Archives in the Special Collections department.  Special Collections is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Call number:  PZ7. M364 1835 Fo 1985  Alumni Authors Collections