An ancient Tibetan madic culture, steeped in a peaceful Buddhist life, comes to an end when the soldiers from the East take over the land at the top of the world. This is the story of the Dalai Lama s own people. On a windy plateau on the top of the world, Baby Yak was born, silky black as night. First yak born this summer: that means a good-luck baby, Pema whispered to her brother Tenzin. The flickering butter lamps threw soft shaggy shapes on the tent wall where the children slept. And Baby Yak grew and grew. This summer will never be the same for the children and their yak. For this is the year the soldiers come to the peaceful Tibetan plateau and their courage is tested to the limit. Their old madic culture, immersed in the peaceful Buddhist way of life, is changed forever.
Helen Manos is the award-winning author of many books for children, including the picture book Samsara Dog illustrated by Julie Vivas, junior fiction novels Roller Blaze, Iron Lace, Snapshots, Spider Killer and Me and a collection of short stories Rules of the Game. This book came about after Helen worked with Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala in the lower Himalayas. She was very moved by the plight of people who have lost everything: homes, animals, country and a very old way of life. She was especially moved by their gentle, spirited resettling of Buddhist schools, monasteries and nunneries which lie at the heart of their culture. ILLUSTRATOR Information Max Maxfield completed a Bachelor of Arts in painting in 1992 and has been working as a freelance artist, musician and illustrator throughout Australia since. In 1997 she became interested in the creativity of children and completed a Diploma of Childcare and used these skills to work with children within the arts. In 2003 she also completed a Diploma of Illustration further refining her artistic skills. This is her first children s picture book.