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I See the Sun in Myanmar (Burma)


By Dedie King with illustrations by Judith Inglese
ISBN: 978-1-9358741-4-0
40 pages
For children ages 4 and up

I See the Sun in Myanmar (Burma), the sixth book in the award-winning I See the Sun in. . . . series, takes place in a small town on the Irawaddy River in Myanmar, the country formally known as Burma. Lush illustrations and a bilingual story in English and Burmese offer Aye Aye’s view of her beautiful country that until recently has been something of a mystery to most of the rest of the world.

Aye Aye’s father is a fisherman on the river and her mother is a nurse in a nearby hospital. The story also provides an elementary introduction to Buddhist culture and the tradition of metta, a practice of saying phrases of loving-kindness. The day unfolds with the verses of metta that Aye Aye whispers to herself. Her wishes of kindness and compassion to those around her mirror the deep-rooted Buddhist culture present in Myanmar.

I See the Sun in Myanmar (Burma) was first written in English, then translated into Burmese by PawSHtoo B. Jindakajornsri, who works at the Translation Center at the University of Massachusetts. The book is richly illustrated with collages made from original photographs and colorful drawings. It also includes an overview of the Myanmar, a glossary of unfamiliar words, and a map that highlights where Myanmar is on the globe.

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I See the Sun in Myanmar (Burma) is a delightful introduction to an ancient Buddhist culture. Heartwarming in its simplicity.

— Joseph Goldstein, author and co-founder of Insight Meditation Society

“The concept of metta, regardless of religious affiliations or backgrounds, is an idea we can all heed. Just as Aye Aye repeats the words throughout her day, we might learn to do the same. No harm, only hope – and loving-kindness, too. . .”

— Terry Hong of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

May we be safe.
May we be happy and peaceful.
May we be healthy and strong.
May we live with ease.

About the Author & Illustrator

About the Author

Author Dedie King was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal where she taught school. She uses her world travel experience, past and present, as the basis for the stories in the I See the Sun series. Presently Dedie practices Classical Five Element acupuncture both in Hardwick and in Amherst, Massachusetts.

About the Illustrator
Judith Inglese has been designing and fabricating ceramic tile murals for public environments for more than thirty years. Her commissions include libraries, schools, hospitals and municipal and institutional buildings like the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Her murals often focus on the play and imagination of children as well as cross-cultural exchange and community. Illustrating the I See the Sun series has given her another medium for examining these themes and celebrating children around the world.

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