Little Sid by Ian Lendler

Little Sid

In this charming and accessible picture book, Ian Lendler and Xanthe Bouma offer a heart-warming account of the childhood of the Buddha.A spoiled young prince, Siddhartha got everything he ever asked for, until he asked for what couldn’t be given ­― happiness.Join Little Sid as he sets off on a journey of discovery and encounters mysterious wise-folk, terrifying tigers, and one very annoying mouse.With Lendler’s delightful prose and Bouma...

Details Little Sid

TitleLittle Sid
Release DateJan 23rd, 2018
PublisherFirst Second
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Religion, Biography

Reviews Little Sid

  • Kirsty
    Lovely artwork with a great message for all children, whether or not their parents are Buddhists.
  • Kelly Gunderman
    Check out this, other reviews, and more fun bookish things on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!This book, wow. I loved it. Absolutely loved it. There's so much about this book that is important, especially in today's day and age. It's the kind of book that both children and adults can learn and benefit from, and the message that it shares is both powerful and moving.Religion fascinates me. All religions - I love learning about th...
  • Naomi
    Good way to start explaining Buddhist philosophy to littles.
  • Jeimy
    Gorgeously illustrated biography of Siddhartha Gautama's early years.
  • Baby Bookworm
    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily!Hello, friends! Our book today is Little Sid: The Tiny Prince Who Became Buddha, written by Ian Lendler and illustrated by Xanthe Bouma, a story inspired by the teachings of the Gautama Buddha.Little Sid is a young boy like any young boy, with only one major difference – his parents are the king and queen. Sid is inundated with toys, gifts, tr...
  • Ryan
    I am giving this book 5 stars. While I know that Buddhism is a practice of mindfulness and meditation in search of awakening, I never really knew how it started. Well, this book taught me a lesson. The story is simple, but one that I think will resonate with many children today. While the story is the Buddha story, it’s not a religious story, more of a family and community story. Plus the artwork is AMAZING. The color work is gorgeous. I want p...
  • Amber Webb
    The story of Sid is an all too familiar tale for many children. Parents would rather buy gifts and items than be present in their life. The story of Little Sid and his family was a wonderful reminder for parents to be present in the lives of their children and a reminder to children to speak up and ask for what they really want. I can't wait to share this story with my students and their families. I also appreciate the origins in the back of the ...
  • Raven Black
    I think I would have liked this better with less of a contemporary take on it/more realistic presentation. While I do not know for sure he didn't have stuffed animals, somehow I don't think he would have them or called them that. However, I understand that the text is for a younger, modern audience and Lendler wants to capture their attention. I love the illustrations. They are bright and fun to read more than the text.
  • LoveLearningEveryday
    *3.5 starsI think it beautifully captures the essence of Siddhartha in a kid friendly way. The illustrations and colors are beautiful, I am just not sure a kid would fully understand ALL the messages. Although I do love the ending where he just wants his parents to be present. This book makes me want to reread Siddhartha for myself.
  • Molly
    Though not historically accurate, it gives a great little insight into the world of the Buddha and makes the idea of happiness a more understandable concept for younger readers. I would recommend this to parents who would like to introduce them to concepts of Buddhism at a young age.
  • Kristin Wald
    A relevant picture book for our times. Little Sid learns early on that money can't buy happiness, and he goes off on his own to find Happiness with a capital H. I found the telling interesting and direct, without being sticky sweet. And the illustrations are dreamlike and beautiful.
  • Rachel
    A very nice little story about what's most important in life. The art was very beautiful and so colorful! One of the best children's books I've had the pleasure of reading.
  • Linda V
    Review will be posted at a future date.
  • Rachel
    More modernized/fictionalized version of the story of the Buddha, will connect to modern readers and give them a sense of how the Buddha became who he was.
  • Carol Tilley
    Lovely illustrations and a good introduction to the early life of the Buddha.
  • Rosemary
    This adorably illustrated story of the Buddha's childhood is both a nice introduction to Buddhism for younger readers, and a meaningful fable about valuing connections over possessions.Little Sid is Siddhartha, a little prince who gets everything he could ever want, except for time with his parents. They're always running off to some grand event or monarch duty, leaving Sid to be raised by an army of handlers who all fawn over him. He isn't happy...
  • Jesica DeHart
    Little Sid brings the story of the Buddha to life with colorful, engaging and delightful illustrations!