An enjoyable tale that introduces young readers to an important ancient empire.
While on a very important mission from the King, young Jaya encounters the deities Shiva, Inanna, and Hercules. Leaping from gold coins on her mother's golden necklace, they help Jaya achieve her goal and discover strengths she didn't know she had.
Jaya's Golden Necklace is the first children's book to tell of the origin and cultural roots of the beloved Buddha image. A story of East and West, it teaches lessons and entertains while also opening a door into Asian culture. Set along the Silk Road, Jaya's journey highlights the interconnected and multicultural worlds of yesterday and today.
This engaging, fast-moving tale of empowerment will help children relate better to the powerful beings in human history's rich religions and myths. It also conveys the independence, resilience, and creativity that make Jaya a true heroine for today.
– Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads: A New History of the World
“This age-old tale combines the worlds of yesterday and today in the present moment, cultivating mindfulness qualities for children of all cultures.”
– Lauren Alderfer, author of Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda
“The most important message for children today is to listen inwardly and believe in yourself. Jaya's Golden Necklace teaches children that they already have what they need, that they are capable, brave, and strong.”
– Krissy Pozatek, author of Brave Parenting
“A fantasy fairy-tale of Asia and India, brilliantly illustrated, for children of all ages.”
– Sir John Boardman, Emeritus Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology & Art, University of Oxford
"What can I say? How charming! How endearing! Jaya's Golden Necklace is a warmly engaging children's story that draws one effortlessly into a piece of history that deserves to be better known: the fascinating world of the Kushan empire.”
– Tamim Ansary, author of Games with Rules, the Often-Interrupted History of Afghanistan
“Jaya connects one to their own inner child...exciting and fun!”
– Gina Bates Brown, author of Zen and Bodhi's Snowy