East meets West in an Adventurous Tale
Travel the Silk Road with Little Jaya
Peter Linenthal’s Most Recent Book
Jaya's Golden Necklace
“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
While on an important mission from the King, young Jaya encounters the deities Shiva, Inanna, and Hercules. Leaping from the gold coins on her mother’s necklace, they help Jaya discover strengths she didn’t know she had and achieve her goal.
Jaya’s Golden Necklace is a story of East and West, the first children’s book about the origin and cultural roots of the beloved Buddha image. Jaya entertains as it opens the door to Asian culture. Back matter tells more about the story's setting in the ancient Kushan Empire, and includes a recipe for Jaya's mother's Apricot Almond cake!
Set on the ancient Silk Road, Jaya’s journey highlights the interconnected, multicultural worlds of yesterday and today. This engaging, fast-moving tale of empowerment introduces children to the powerful beings in religion and myth and conveys the independence, resilience, and creativity that make Jaya a true heroine for today.