The Secret of the Sand Castles

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“This little book presents truth simply, clearly, and with great charm. With fine line illustration and brief text Demi offers parents and young children a heartfelt lesson about deeply important things.”—Rafe Martin, author of The RoughFace Girl and Before Buddha Was Buddha and founding teacher of Endless Path Zendo

“For years I've adored Demi’s simple, elegant, and sincere art and writing, which are filled with heartfelt warmth. In The Secret of the Sand Castles, Demi conveys another precious message of what is really important in life, with her enchanting art filled with wonders.”—Rima Fujita, author and illustrator of The Extraordinary Life of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama



The Secret of the Sand Castles is a timeless Buddhist tale about the things that matter most: truth, generosity, compassion, and love.

When a group of children are having a playful day at the beach, the fun of building sand castles is forgotten when they start arguing about whose castle is best. While fighting over “I,” “me,” and “mine,” they end up destroying and abandoning the castles they so carefully constructed.

The timely arrival of a magical wise man teaches the children that unlike the sand castles, it is the things we can’t see that really matter most.

book information
  • Hardcover
  • 36 pages, 10 x 10 inches
  • $19.95
  • ISBN 9781614297970
  • ebook
  • 36 pages
  • $12.99
  • ISBN 9781614298236
about the author
The Secret of the Sand Castles

Demi is the award-winning author and illustrator of over 130 bestselling children’s books, including The Empty Pot, Jesus, BuddhaThe Dalai LamaOne Grain of RiceThe Boy Who Painted Dragons, and The Legend of Saint Nicholas. For Wisdom Tales Press, she has written and illustrated Saint Francis of Assisi and The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna and illustrated The Conference of the Birds (retold by Alexis York Lumbard), The Pandas and Their Chopsticks: and Other Animal StoriesMahavira: The Hero of Nonviolence by Dr. Manoj Jain, and a children’s biography of Abraham Lincoln titled President Lincoln: From Log Cabin to White House. Demi’s most recent books for Wisdom Tales are Gifts of Our Lady of Guadalupe: Patroness of Latin America, and Talking to God: Prayers for Children from the World’s Religions. Her latest, Hildegard of Bingen: Scientist, Composer, Healer & Saint, is another glowing picture-book for children, this time about a multitalented woman who was a mystic, abbess, scientist, doctor, composer, author, linguist, and artist, whose influence has extended throughout the centuries since her death.

Demi’s books have sold over half a million copies and her work has been appreciated by many diverse people across the globe, such as the Dalai Lama and the Pope. The Empty Pot, her best-selling title, was selected by former First Lady Barbara Bush as one of the books to be read on the ABC Radio Network Program Mrs. Bush’s Story Time, sponsored by the Children’s Literacy Initiative. Demi’s book Gandhi was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and received an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award.

Other books by Demi:
The Brave Little Parrot
I See You, Mara!
I See You, Buddha
The Illustrated Lotus Sutra

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