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Zen Shorts (Paperback)

Author:  Jon J. Muth Illustrator:  Jon J. Muth
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0439339111
ISBN-13: 9780439339117
Sku: 39831590
Publish Date: 3/1/2005
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 11H x 10.5L x 0.25T
Pages:  40
Age Range:  8 to 12
 
When a giant panda moves into Michael, Addy, and Karl's neighborhood, he tells them the most amazing Zen stories that abound with enlightenment and love. John J Muth contributes vibrant watercolors and elegant ink drawings for this Caldecott Honor Book.
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When Stillwater the bear moves into the neighborhood, the stories he tells to three siblings teach them to look at the world in new ways.
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When Stillwater the panda bear appears in their backyard, Addy, Michael, and Karl are delighted. Each of the three children pays a separate visit to the friendly panda, who responds by recounting a Zen Buddhist tale tailored to that child. While the framing story is illustrated in richly hued watercolors, the three Zen tales are depicted in spare, black-and-white ink drawings. A 2006 Caldecott Honor Book.When Stillwater the panda bear appears in their backyard, Addy, Michael, and Karl are delighted. Each of the three children pays a separate visit to the friendly panda, who responds by recounting a Zen Buddhist tale tailored to that child. While the framing story is illustrated in richly hued watercolors, the three Zen tales are depicted in spare, black-and-white ink drawings. A 2006 Caldecott Honor Book.
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Expert Review Zen Shorts by John J. Muth - Book Review
By: RachelintheOC Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 11/24/2009 5:03 PM
Whatever your religious leanings, or lack thereof, children and adults alike will no doubt find delight in the highly rated children's book Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth, author, illustrator and artist. The book follows a simple format: three siblings notice with amazement that a giant panda has come to live next door. The eldest, Michael, introduces himself; the girl, Addy, then introduces herself and Karl, the youngest, because he was shy "around bears he didn't know." The sweetness from that sentence alone melted my heart....read the full review

Praise

New York Times Book Review
"The story is quiet and direct...with moments of understated humor." 07/10/2005

Kirkus Reviews
"The Buddha lurks in the details here: Every word and image comes to make as perfect a picture book as can be." (starred review) 02/01/2005

Publishers Weekly
"Readers will fall easily into the rhythm of visits to Stillwater and his storytelling sessions, and many more will fall in love with the panda, whose shape and size offer the children many opportunities for cuddling." 02/28/2005

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   04
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0040
Product attributePublisher:   Scholastic Press
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