Who saw the tree first?
Once upon a time, there was a big tree in a beautiful forest. Under the shadow of this tree, there lived an elephant, a rabbit, a monkey, and a bird. Although they all fed from the tree often, they simply could not agree on who owned it. The elephant said, “This tree belongs to me because I saw it first.” Then the monkey said, “Before you saw it, I climbed its lovely branches and ate its delicious fruit.”
Ancient Buddhist fable with a deeper meaning
The Buddhist fable of the four harmonious friends symbolizes mutual respect, respect for age, and the harmonious coexistence of living beings. Newly interpreted with vivid illustrations and linguistically adapted to our time, this book inspires children and adults to reflect. Bilingual in German and Tibetan, for reading aloud and as a first reading book.
• Timeless message: philosophical topics such as friendship, respect and cohesion encourage interesting conversations between parents and child
• Modern interpretation: Funny and child-friendly retold and colorfully illustrated by Tenzin Tendhar
• Bilingual: Children with one German- and one Tibetan-speaking parent get the opportunity to have the same book read to them by mom and dad in their respective mother tongues. The short sentences and simple structure are also suitable as a first reading book in German and Tibetan
The four harmonious friends
Published on May 25, 2021
From 3 years
Reading book, first reading book
Hardcover, 32 pages
200 mm x 200 mm
Retold by Tsering Tsomo
Translated in Tibetan by Tashi Sonam
Illustrated by Tenzin Tendhar