Jaya's Golden Necklace: A Silk Road Tale

Peter Linenthal (Author)


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.

Product Details

Wisdom Publications
Publish Date
October 20, 2015
10.5 X 0.4 X 8.4 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Peter Linenthal has more than a dozen books to his credit as author, illustrator, or both, mostly for kids. He has taught young children art and bookmaking for more than thirty years and has an elementary teaching credential and an MFA. He is also an amateur scholar and collector of Kushan-era antiquities and is preparing a catalog in conjunction with professional scholars of the period. He lives in San Francisco, California.


"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
"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
"Jaya connects one to their own inner child...exciting and fun!"--Gina Bates Brown, author of Zen and Bodhi's Snowy
"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
"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
"An enchanting tale."--Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads: A New History of the World