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The Prince Who Ran Away

Written by Anne Rockwell

Illustrated by Fahimeh Amiri

Knopf Books for Young Readers (2001)

A prince was born in India 2,000 years ago. He could have been the most powerful rajah in the world, but he chose instead to become a beggar, seeking a way to end the suffering he saw around him. He became the Buddha, preaching to all who wished to learn.


  • Top Ten Religious Books for Youth ALA 2002


“ An interesting and enlightening introduction to one of the world's chief religions. ”

— School Library Journal

“ Can be read on many levels, as a classic quest by younger readers or as a spiritual text that will spark discussion and reflection for more sophisticated readers. ”

— Publishers Weekly

“ Clear, nicely paced, and vividly written. ”

— Booklist