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Zen Shorts
Zen Shorts | Jon J Muth
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Jon J Muth, author of the best-selling book, THE THREE QUESTIONS, has crafted another profound and winning picture book. "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 Addy 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, Jon Muth -- and Stillwater the bear -- present three ancient Zen tales that are sure to strike a chord in everyone they touch.
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Makenziebrumfield
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“‘Do you think you have carried it long enough?‘ Asked Stillwater. ‘Yes, said Karl.‘ ‘Good,‘ said Stillwater. And this is how Addy, Michael, Karl — and Stillwater — became friends.”

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Makenziebrumfield
Zen Shorts | Jon J Muth

I love the meaning of this book and I love the part of the author‘s note at the end that says, “When our minds are agitated, we cannot see the true world.” This is a great book that teaches the importance of letting things go and being kind. I also liked how there were stories included inside of the book.

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Makenziebrumfield
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I was curious as to why this book is called “Zen Shorts”. Once I got to the end of the book, I read the author‘s note. “Zen” means “meditation” in Japanese, which is where the bear‘s (Stillwater) name came from in the book.

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Miadolce
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“The younger monk noticed the woman, said nothing, and walked by.”

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Miadolce
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Miadolce
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I really enjoyed this book. I loved how the illustrations changed depending on when the panda was telling a story and when he was conversing with Addy, Michael, and Karl. Stunning illustrations

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megansimon
Zen Shorts | Jon J Muth

“‘Such good luck!‘, the neighbors exclaimed. ‘Maybe,‘ the farmer replied.
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‘Such bad luck!‘ the neighbors exclaimed. ‘Maybe,‘ answered the farmer.‘”

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megansimon
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This book had beautiful watercolor illustrations that matched the Japanese theme of ‘zen‘. The illustrator used calm colors with no harsh brush strokes and clearly defined the ‘zen shorts‘ from the rest of the book. It set the mood very well of being calm and thoughtful.

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HeatherBookNerd
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#riotgrams day 10 // #booksinthewild These are some of the cool children's books in my Little Free Library today. @bookriot

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Gina
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Reading and people watching in one of my favorite spots. The silence is so dense I can't help but love every minute of it.

Pruzy Beauty! 2y
Gina @Pruzy Thank you. I feel very grateful for such a lovely place to read. 2y
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