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Maybe: A Little Zen for Little Ones Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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“This soulful little book, with its colorful pictures, teaches kids the valuable message that sometimes not getting what they want is a good thing . . . a message many adults are still struggling to learn.” —Dr. Jenn Berman, author, SuperBaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First 3 Years
“If kids take away even a smidgeon of this message, parents and caregivers will find them more relaxed and philosophically prepared to deal with events as they take place.” —TheGiggleGuide.com
“The parents I work with love how this book puts good luck and bad luck into perspective. The story is precious and has a real impact.” —Dr. Esther Hess, Center for the Developing Mind
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Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-fifths worth reading! The only reason I've relented and started putting stars up there is to credit the good ones, which were being unfairly uncredited. So, all you'll ever see from me is a five-star or a one-star (since no stars isn't a rating, unfortunately).
I rated this book WORTHY!
Maybe presents as a Zen-based approach to relating children's stories while teaching something useful, and it's part of a series.
When many people think of Zen, it's probably of that old trope "What is the sound of one hand clapping?" which is purposefully nonsensical because it's not about the answer, it's about the question, and how it derails ordered, reined-in thought. The point of Zen isn't thought; rather it lies in centering and allowing thoughts to run on by without trapping them - like enjoying nature without any focus on capturing animals or picking flowers.
The aim is not to be free of emotion, per se, but to live your life free of obsession, distraction, and misdirection. Perhaps a better catch-phrase than the 'one hand clapping' is "If you love something, let it go".Read more ›
Although I appreciate the attempt to turn a zen fable into a modern-day children's book, I was not too impressed with the product. The story line was not that interesting, and some aspects of the story (ex. mom making favorite lasagna) seemed out of place and irrelevant. My main complaint would be some logistical errors in sentence structure and punctuation.
The illustrations were well-done but were not particularly entertaining. There was a lot of blank white space and the colors were flat.
Overall, I applaud the author's attempt to create a story with a moral background, but I don't think young kids would find this entertaining.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A hand-me-down adult idea. Not told in a way to amuse or captivate a child.Published 5 months ago by Toni A. Dietkus
We just recently got this book and my daughter LOVES it! We read it over and over again!Published 5 months ago by Stephanie
The little girl gets a new bike which seems lucky after here is stolen but is it or not? A fun little storyPublished 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
Not often have I found a children's book that i enjoy reading again and again, but Maybe is an exception.Published 6 months ago by Katherine
My almost five-year old granddaughter loves this story and is at the right age to get the gist of the message.Published 6 months ago by Maine Grandma
Zen and sweet life lesson unfortunately not much of a story! Good Illustrations!Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer