Zen Shorts

Zen Shorts

eBook - 2005
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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. "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 Addie 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, the author and Stillwater the bear present three ancient Zen tales. Includes a factual note on Zen
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2005
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780545825740
Branch Call Number: eBook--Juvenile
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (1 volume (unpaged)) : color illustrations
Audience: 540 Lexile
Elementary Grade
Reading Counts! 5.4
Accelerated Reader 2.9
Accelerated Reader LG 2.9 0.5 86638


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May 26, 2017

This picture book features excellent lessons adapted from Japanese and Chinese philosophy for anyone to take to heart. These lessons are retold in a way which young children can engage with, but are powerful enough to carry through a lifetime and speak to any age. I highly, highly recommend Jon J. Muth's work. While his water colours are always breath-taking, the stories he both writes and illustrates are deep, uplifting, and comforting. I hope he will one day be a part of my own child's education through reading. I also wish I had a giant panda bear friend named Stillwater like the children do in the book, who came to have tea with me and share tidbits of zen, but since I don't, it's nice to visit him in Muth's works. (I also recommend reading the author's notes if you're interested in his specific references to folklore and philosophy - it always takes me down an interesting trail!)

LMcShaneCLE Nov 06, 2015

This a family classic to visit over and over - I think it is perfect for second graders on up, but especially for "adults."

Jan 23, 2015

We love this. Great messages, sweetly delivered, with beautiful illustrations.

KRockstar10 Jul 03, 2014

I would really like to have this panda as my friend. Also, this book is great.

Mar 18, 2014

Love, love, love!
Now on birthday present list!!!!
Great for parents and kids.

Davidamartin Oct 03, 2013

This panda, Stillwater, embodies a very calm and peaceful presence that befits his name. From this wise, still point come simple and answers and conversation full of Zen simplicity and wise parables. Although the wisdom and lessons are ancient, they are presented in a way which is applicable to those of us living a modern life.

forbesrachel Aug 27, 2012

A panda relates stories of wisdom to three kids. The lessons they teach could make everyone slightly better people.

May 11, 2012

This book gives a lot of the responsibility for thinking about what it means to the reader, i.e. it will make your kids think!

sit_walk Nov 26, 2009

You've just got to love it. Buddhist messages, but not preachy (and very easily interpreted as secular humanist messages). The three stories-within-a-story are just delightful, and Stillwater (the bear) is a wonderful character.

AnOPLLibrarian Aug 19, 2009

Love it.

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