[[ kindle ]] Zen ShortsAuthor Jon J. Muth – Cheapnikeshoes.co

This weekend I picked up a copy of Zen Shorts by Jon J Muth at a library book sale What a delightful book I still remember picking it up in bookstore for the first time and smiling my way from cover to cover This weekend, not only did I re read it but I passed it around to my friends to read and smile through. I actually read Zen Ties first I highly recommend reading this book first, then Zen Ties Great introduction to Zen storytelling for young kids And the paintings are beautiful. This is a story about a zen philosophy toting giant panda named Stillwater He shares ancient zen parables with the children he befriends to help them cool their jets You totally don t have to be a kid to read this On bad days at work when we actually have this in stock , I like to pick this off the shelf and read it It makes problems seem smaller, and dwelling on other people seem a waste of time Inner peace in like, ten minutes, man my favorite selection A HEAVY LOAD Two traveling monks reached a town where there was a young woman waiting to step out of her sedan chair The rains had made deep puddles and she couldn t step across without spoiling her silken robes She stood there, looking very cross and impatient She was scolding her attendants They had nowhere to place the packages they held for her, so they couldn t help her across the puddle The younger monk noticed the woman, said nothing, and walked by The older monk quickly picked her up and put her on his back, transported her across the water, and put her down on the other side She didn t thank the older monk, she just shoved him out of the way and departed As they continued on their way, the younger monk was brooding and preoccupied After several hours, unable to hold his silence, he spoke out That woman back there was very selfish and rude, but you picked her up on your back and carried her Then she didn t even thank you I set the woman down hours ago, the older monk replied Why are YOU still carrying her After reading Zen Shorts I can t stop wondering what does a slight panda accent sound like Read and share this book because I think everyone could use a gentle giant panda in their life I must credit my friend Jasmine who gifted this lovely keeper to me It s the perfect birthday present for a budding watercolorist like myself Plus it s from Scholastic which brings back many happy childhood memories This is probably the most beautiful picture book I ve ever seen These watercolour illustrations are breath taking And the Zen stories are nice too Highly recommend Splendid Muth combines a tale of Stillwater the panda s budding friendship with three children with three classic Zen tales Stillwater is a wonderful creation, so warm and cozy, so calming, so wise yet still great fun Rather like Zen, in fact A great introduction to Zen for children, and a delightful tale anyway. Buy this book Seriously.You don t read this book not in the common sense of the word anyway You fall into it and you don t want to climb back out, much like accidentally falling into the ball pit at McDonald s because why should kids have all the fun.The amazingly beautiful and atmospheric water colours done by the author himself no less will draw you in if you let them, and they ll paint an incredible backdrop for the wisdom contained within the stories told by Stillwater, the star of the book The book ll be over before you notice and want , but the beauty of these stories is that they can be read again and again, and never lose their value.Don t buy it on kindle, buy the hardcover so you can truly immerse yourself with the beautiful artwork This isn t a book, it s an experience. When Stillwater the panda arrives in their backyard, clutching a red umbrella and speaking with a slight panda accent, Addy, Michael and Karl aren t sure just what to make of their new neighbor But as each of them find their way to Stillwater s house, they discover that this tranquil and wise bear has a gift for telling Zen tales that give them a better understanding of their own experiences.The three embedded Zen stories, dealing with generosity and not getting too attached to material possessions, the variable nature of luck, and the importance of letting go of anger, are all engaging But it is the framing narrative, the lovable Stillwater, and Jon J Muth s beautiful watercolor illustrations that truly make this picture book extraordinary This was a Caldecott Honor Book, and truly deserved the distinction One day the panda Stillwater, shows up in the yard of Addy, Michael and Karl They become friends and one by one they go to visit Stillwater Each of them have a problem of a kind and Stillwater tells them a little Zen teaching story that relates and helps them deal with the problem I have heard the last 2 stories and not the first There is Uncle Ry and the Moon , the Farmer s Luck and a Heavy Load Each of these are ancient stories used to hone one s ability to act with intuition without a goal They challenge the listener to reexamine habits, fears, concepts and desires The artwork is sparse and uses lots of open space with only 1 or 2 things to focus on It does have a Japanese flavor to it I very much enjoyed reading this story.It was fun watching the kids reactions to this My nephew thinks he s very cool He probably is, but it s funny to think of a 5 year old being cool During the story of Uncle Ry and the Moon when the person being robbed gives the robber his only rob, my nephew could not figure this out Why not report him to the police Why give him the robe He has heard the Farmer s luck before The heavy load completely went over his head The niece had much the same response She would not give a robber her stuff if he came and she wouldn t greet him as a guest They couldn t get their heads around that and to be honest, I don t think I can either She grasped a little bit of the Heavy load story and she said, when something bothers me, its hard not to only think of that How do you set that down I told her that is the work of sages If she figures it out she can let me know I think it s a practice of over and over until you finally set it down The nephew gave this 3 stars because he liked the panda and the stories and the niece gave this 4 stars. 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