Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Zen Shorts

source: openlibrary.org

What do you do when a big panda bear appears in your backyard?  What can he teach you?  And why is he wearing shorts?


Jon J Muth's Caldecott Honor book is filled with lovely watercolor illustrations with a beautiful oriental style.  The very fat and meditative panda named Stillwater shares short stories from Zen literature and Taoism that have been passed down for centuries.  

They are simple stories retold in a way that is understandable to children and inspire reflection and critcal thinking.  In the authors own words, they are "ideas to puzzle over." (author's note)  Plus, the book includes an insightful note by the author that elaborates a little on the Japanese traditions that inspired this book.  I love a little taste of other cultures. 

1 comment:

  1. Kids books are fun :) It will be fun to read them to my kids some day... but that wont happen for several years, haha