Roger Cantu (long-time student of Rama) has published his first children’s book, “Frogs in Trouble”.
This book is the first of a series with the intent to teach basic Buddhist lessons on communications, wellness, meditation, loving-kindness, etc. The series includes stories told by two sibling frogs and an elder frog who live on the edge of a happy pond next to a Buddhist temple. The stories will use the elder frog as the voice of Buddhist wisdom. Here is the synopsis of the first book:
Frogs in Trouble is a wonderfully illustrated children’s book that tells a simple story with a powerful message. “It is better to talk about your problems and seek help than to hide your problems and keep them inside.” The story is narrated by two sibling frogs and an elder frog that live on the edge of a happy pond. The message relayed in this story is based on an actual incident and told as an allegory. An allegory is a narrative story that conveys a message about life using pictures, characters, and events. This is a heartwarming story for children of all ages.
In addition, the book is LGBTQ+ friendly. The frogs in the story are gender-neutral characters. The language has been carefully crafted to remove gender biases and assignations. The book can be used to teach children about their gender assumptions. For example, one could ask: “Are the sibling frogs boys, girls, or a boy and a girl, and why do you feel that is?” The answers might surprise you.
The book is available on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0997243171), Barnes & Noble, and bookstores nationwide. Please enjoy it and share it with your family and friends.