Jon J Muth, author of the best-selling book, THE THREE QUESTIONS, has crafted another profound and winning picture book."Michael," said Karl. "There's a really big bear in the backyard." This is how three children meet Stillwater, a giant panda who moves into the neighborhood and tells amazing... show more
Jon J Muth, author of the best-selling book, THE THREE QUESTIONS, has crafted another profound and winning picture book."Michael," said Karl. "There's a really big bear in the backyard." This is how three children meet Stillwater, a giant panda who moves into the neighborhood and tells amazing tales. To Addy he tells a story about the value of material goods. To Michael he pushes the boundaries of good and bad. And to Karl he demonstrates what it means to hold on to frustration. With graceful art and simple stories that are filled with love and enlightenment, Jon Muth -- and Stillwater the bear -- present three ancient Zen tales that are sure to strike a chord in everyone they touch.
Publish date: March 1st 2005
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages no: 40
Edition language: English
, Picture Books
Lexile Level: 540L Zen Shorts by Jon J Muth tells the story of a panda named Stillwater and three siblings named Michael, Karl and Addy. Stillwater appears in the children's backyard one day and begins to tell them stories based on Buddhist parables. This book would be great to read aloud as it in...
by Jon J Muth I liked the zen shorts that were interwoven in the stories of the siblings. I also enjoyed the different styles Muth used in the siblings' stories versus the zen shorts.
Overtly didactic, I would have liked this book less if we hadn't just had an in-depth discussion about transformative education last night in our semiotics seminar. The power of Zen stories and koans to still the mind and help people to perceive what is up close and cluttering our minds is part of t...
So, this afternoon we finished reading our other two books, and my niece said, "Amy, I have a book we can read! It's called Zen Shorts--see, it's about a panda who wears shorts!"As entertaining as that story might have been, the story that Zen Shorts actually was was really lovely. The kids enjoye...
I love pandas and so I just had to love this book. Very beautiful pictures and a nice introduction to Zen for kids.