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Pola's Flower

by Diana Nadeau

illustrated by Lobsang Gyatso


2016 Khyentse Foundation

Akosha Grant Award



Metog-ma's childhood has been infused with Tibet's rich heritage and colorful traditions, just like the canvases of her grandfather’s great Thangka paintings. For all of her young life, Metog-ma's grandfather, Po-la, has offered her his loving attention, silently preparing her to face the grave changes of the looming government takeover of 1959. It is only through her grandfather's kindness and wisdom that Metog-ma recognizes her inner strength which allows her to survive the loss of her world. Pola's Flower subtly and gently presents the experience of loss from a child’s perspective. It’s quiet message reaches hidden depths, giving children an age-appropriate and practical outlook on life and love.



Pola’s Flower is a stunning visual, which offers a glimpse into the rich cultural tapestry and spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism through the eyes of a young Tibetan girl. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in knowing about Tibet’s artistic wealth, its unique wisdom culture, and its peace-loving people.


- Tulku Jigme Rinpoche, Founder and Director of the Palmo Center for Peace and Education


Although I am ninety-six years old, Pola’s Flower  brings me back to my childhood, with memories of my beloved grandpa telling me stories. This book lights a divine light in children’s innocent hearts. If Diana had not had years of intensive training in Tibetan Buddhist Meditation, she would not nor could not have ever written such an inspiring and encouraging book.


- Master Alfred Huang, Author of The Complete I Ching, Understanding the I Ching,
   The Numerology  of the I Ching, and Dragon Flying in the Sky


A beautiful, thoughtful, and timely children’s book. Brimming with cultural awareness and providing support for children and families that are dealing with loss.


- Melissa Gomsrud, Licensed Professional Counselor


Masterfully written, Pola’s Flower not only gives children explicit guidance on how to move through the challenges of impermanence, but also offers a peek into the heart and soul of traditional Tibet. This book has the power to calm the mind and warm the heart.


- Karma Sonam, Shi-ne Meditation Instructor


Growing up in Western societies, children often miss out on developing meaningful bonds with their grandparents. In this beautifully illustrated book, meet Metog-ma, a young girl growing up under the wings of her Po-la (grandfather) in the mountains of Tibet. He is a well-respected painter of Buddhist scrolls (Thangkas) who encourages Metog-ma and instills virtues like patience and gratitude in her. A heart-warming story for ages 8 to 12.


- Skipping Stones Multicultural Literary Magazine Review






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