Traya’s Quest Reviews
Paulette Agnew has managed to write a modern-day classic that transcends the gap between children’s literature and a thought-provoking short story for people of every age – and for the ages. Traya’s Quest blends all of the questions of life’s meaning and purpose with the excitement of a video game and the spirituality of a foray into Zen Buddhism. It’s suitable for parents to read to pre-readers and for kids to read on their own in every grade thereafter – including Freshman English in college. The story somehow combines a Homeric epic adventure with the storytelling of J.K. Rowling.
A seemingly ordinary boy born of poor Indian parents is raised in the lush jungles near the equatorial African coast, where he discovers that he has a natural ability to commune and communicate with all natural things – the animals, the earth, the rivers, the sky, and even the celestial bodies.
When the Sun takes him for a ride in his chariot, Traya learns the importance of one’s Dharma or purpose, and he is eager to discover his own purpose in this world. Later, he meets an adventurous butterfly, a sophisticated python, a compassionate young girl, a wise beekeeper and others, all of whom give him a piece of the answer he is looking for.
The story could have been left as another trite tale telling kids to save the rain forest or to be kind to nature, but Agnew’s keen sense and sensibility has made it so much more. Unlike anything else available on the market today, Traya’s Quest is a discovery of self, life, nature, and the limitless world of the mind. It is a triumph of storytelling that demonstrates the power and strength of character and a universal kind of human morality that can be just as meaningful and transformational to a child in Zimbabwe, Westernized kids in the inner cities of Europe and the Americas, or adolescents and adults everywhere and from every era of history.
The best part is that this story is compelling enough to get kids to turn off the mindless drivel that modern media serves up for them on the TV and to put down their video game controllers and remotes. It’s engaging and an easy enough read for young kids who usually choose not to read, so they can pick it up and polish it off in a single sitting. And it’s deep enough for older kids and adults to enjoy and discuss as well.
I have no doubt that if Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, and Kurt Vonnegut were alive today, this is what they would want their kids to read – after they finished reading it themselves first. Paulette Agnew and Traya are destined to be known and loved by every generation far into the future. I can’t wait for their next adventure.
Traya’s quest is a magical delight filled with the authors enthusiasm for life.
It’s written with such beautiful words and descriptions that it’s so easy to create Traya’s world in your mind and the amazing artwork just adds to that. It reminds us of how amazing the earth is that we live on and our connection to it, and of a deeper level to life that is forgotten by many.
Although my intention was to read the book to my 5 year old son I admit I enjoyed the story all to myself first. Even before I finished it I looked around at nature and my surroundings more and saw beautiful things like a bird of prey flying out of a tree in front of me across a quiet empty field, and standing watching white butterflies dance around me. My mind would often jump to Traya and what would nature be saying to him. I also found myself thinking of my dharma or purpose.
I love to read it to my son, although it’s hard to keep his focus due to there being alot of words for his age he was still able to enjoy the story in his way. As he is autistic you often think he’s not listening but with Traya’s quest he had still taken it all in and learnt new words along the way. He was able to tell me what animals Traya had met and we could discuss Traya’s friends, adventures and unusual words like dharma. He also went around the house saying “the journey begins” . I know the book is planting seeds of knowledge and oozes positivity, self esteem and acceptance, even better the beauty is he can carry the story with him to adulthood.
Thank you to Paulette for giving this fantastic magical gift to us and everyone that takes Traya’s journey ️
Please read this book, share it with all the children you know.It changes one’s approach to life and ignites magical ‘awakened moments’ just waiting to be found in daily life. Seldom before has a book been more timely and needed for all generations.
Traya’s Quest is a wondrous adventure for all ages—the young, and the young in mind and heart. The journey Traya embarks on is one of Self-discovery through the natural world. Everything in nature has something to teach if we only know how to listen. And this is what Traya does—he listens.
This amazing book captures potent lessons that are relevant for all of us who are yearning to drink in the wisdom of life. So prepare to be transported through meaningful and poetic story telling, and stunningly beautiful illustrations. Above all this book brings magic back into the simple encounters in life. So follow Traya on his quest because you are bound to find more magic in your own life too!
Traya’s Quest is a delightful and enchanting story of on little boy’s quest to find the answers to some question in his life. Over the course of his Journey he finds answers to some of the BIG questions in Life and learns how to live in harmony, with himself and the world around him. In some ways it reminds me of Paulo Coelho’s book The Alchemist, a simple story with profound depth, wonder and universal truths.
Traya’s Quest is a beautiful story, full of compassion and wisdom. The story is engaging, the illustrations are beautiful and there are important life lessons to be learnt on every page. You can tell this is a work of passion because the author’s love, generosity and passion radiates out of every page. I’m looking forward to the next instalment and finding out what’s next for Traya on his journey of self-discovery and adventure.
Traya’s Quest – The Journey Begins tells the story of an 11 year old boy, Traya, growing up in the wilds of Africa and his subsequent quest to find his Dharma (purpose in life). The story took me on an enchanting, magical journey, full of wonder. Traya’s journey shows us the importance of being fair to one another and sharing our bounty. Traya reminds us of our need to keep connected to nature and respect the gifts of our natural world. Each life Traya meets, whether they be human, animal, or powers of nature have wisdom to impart to us, if we take time to listen.
Traya’s innocence is not only endearing but reminds us to keep our eyes and hearts open to life’s beauty and gifts. Although it is a light read there are many insights and gems of wisdom throughout the story. The descriptive narrative I found absorbed me and I could almost taste, smell and visualise all the various characters and experiences with Traya as I skipped along on his journey. I loved the vibrant colours and artwork in the story’s illustrations. The story challenged me to reflect about my own Dharma. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and meeting its many characters. My personal favourite character was Timba the baby elephant who we meet in Chapter 13. This is a story for all ages!
This is a fantastic book for both adults and children alike. As an early years professional I would highly recommend this book to families looking for a story with depth. The images are vibrant and captivating and will appeal to to whole family. Paulette weaves Traya’s adventures with ancient stories and spiritual principles, which are mirrored in our daily life. The innocence of Traya’s adventure, unfolds and takes you on a journey unveiling the magical elements of our existence which we as adults have often forgotten. I would highly recommend this book.
Traya’s Quest is a beautiful story that explores nature, spirituality and the purpose of life.
I found it a delight to read and feel that it will be inspirational not only for the children who are the books target audience but adults also.
I felt like I was on the journey with Traya and loved meeting all his friends, from pythons to Sun Gods and the little people. Paulette Agnew has created a story that really allows the reader to open up their mind to the beauty of the Earth and the mysteries around it.
The book’s illustrations are gorgeous and really help provide a colourful and fun insight into the world of Traya.
This little book tells how an Indian boy living in Africa begins to learn a big lesson.
Traya is favoured with loving parents, and with the ability to understand the voices of the things and animals around him.
‘What is your dharma, Traya?’ the flamingos on the lake demand.
Dharma is the special purpose that makes us unique, his mother tells him. Schooled by his father, he waits for an answer with an open heart.
Soon he is flying across the sky with the Sun, Surya. He meets Yamuna, the great river, and observes the life of the Earth from above. Before Chandra, the moon, carries him home, he has perceived that dharma involves the action of giving without expecting anything in return, and besides this, has learned how unconditionally he is, himself, loved, ‘a spark of the infinite universe’.
By the last page, he has spoken to a butterfly, a python, a squirrel and a baby elephant. From these and other creatures, he begins to understand what the flamingos’ question might mean.
This is a charming book, and its simplicity conceals a powerful message about ourselves and about the world. The illustrations richly compliment the text, and the promised sequel is worth looking forward to.
About the Author
Paulette Agnew is an exuberant lover of wild and natural places. She has explored the mysteries of conscious awakening and ancient spiritual truths. Her curiosity and adventurous lifestyle are driven by her quest to uncover the answers to life’s big questions about herself and the human condition.
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