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Zen Shorts

Zen Shorts

by Jon J Muth Illustrated by Jon J Muth

Zen Shorts received a Caldecott Honor!

"Michael," says 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.

Ages
6, 7, 5
Interest Level
Grades PreK - 3
Grade Level Equivalent
2.4
Lexile Measure
540L
DRA
30
Guided Reading
N
Publisher
Scholastic Inc.
Book Type
Read-Aloud Book
Number of Pages
40
Genre
Fables, Folk Tales and Myths

About the Author and Illustrator

Jon J Muth Children's author and illustrator Jon J Muth studied painting, drawing, and printmaking and later visited Japan to learn about stone sculpture and sho (brush calligraphy). His "Zen Shorts" came from wondering, "What would it be like to live down the street from a Zen master... who happened to be a Giant Panda?"
Jon J Muth Children's author and illustrator Jon J Muth studied painting, drawing, and printmaking and later visited Japan to learn about stone sculpture and sho (brush calligraphy). His "Zen Shorts" came from wondering, "What would it be like to live down the street from a Zen master... who happened to be a Giant Panda?"

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