Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Zen Shorts

Author: John J Muth

First line: "Michael! There's a bear outside!" said Karl.

Why you should read this book: A delightful frame story introduces three average American kids to a panda names Stillwater, who has moved in up the hill and whose umbrella has blown into the kids' yard. Each child then visits Stillwater in his home, where the bear imparts a thought-provoking Zen parable in the form of a fairy tale, according the child's inclination and temperament. East meets West in a wonderful Buddhist format that teaches acceptance, generosity, and inner peace.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You're instilling greed, selfishness, and agitation in your progeny.


dragonguy said...

I am an artist and a school teacher, I have recently had a book published: Things We Should All Know About Dragons
I invite you to review it, I feel that you will enjoy the illustrations as well as the children's story!

Dragon said...

This books sounds right up my alley, but my local library system does not carry it. If you would like to send me a reviewer's copy, please contact me at littledragonblue@gmail.com.