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.