Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth

Please allow my lovely assistant Ivy to show you one of her (and my) new favorite children’s books.

Here you see her posing with the cover of the book.

It’s a pretty cover, after all it is a Caldecott Honor book.  You’ll know when you see it at your library because it’ll be the one with the panda with the red umbrella on the cover.

Here you see Ivy showing off more of the illustrations. Wonderful, beautiful, some of my very favorite ever, illustrations.

In addition to the gorgeous watercolor ink paintings (have I mentioned that I really like them?) the book has three “zen shorts” within the main story.  According to the author’s note at the back, ” “Zen shorts” are short meditations – ideas to puzzle over – tools which hone our ability to act with intuition. They have no goal, but they often challenge us to reexamine our habits, desires, concepts and fears. ”

It sounds all scary and woo woo and heavy but I promise it’s not.  It’s just wonderful.

Would I recommend it? Yes, and so would Ivy.

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4 comments on “Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth

  1. Carol says:

    I’ve seen that book advertised and will now take a look at it. I think those concepts are good to learn early.

    I have a short ‘Zen’ adult book to recommend.
    “Taking the Leap” by Pema Chodron – a female Buddist nun.
    My next favorite author on the topic is Jon Kabat-Zinn (son of Howard Zinn). In one of his book I read: ‘Life is basically impossible’… But we find a way.
    Cheers,
    Carol

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