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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Series: A Little Zen for Little Ones
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Umiya Publishing; First edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983824304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983824305
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 9.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Maybe: A Little Zen for Little Ones" is an excellent read-aloud storybook to share with young people, especially when teaching them about the unpredictable nature of life itself. Highly recommended.
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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

From the Back Cover

A Little Zen for Little Ones puts classic and new Zen stories in an accessible context for today's kids (and adults!). These revered tales provide a little perspective on what's truly important, on how personal balance and peace can manifest in everyday life. With children as central characters and narratives that reflect modern culture, A Little Zen for Little Ones helps us examine our values as our world becomes more complex and confusing. After all, if our children can get a little bit of Zen in their lives, perhaps they'll grow up to be adults with a little bit of Zen as well. Wouldn't that be great for all of us?

More About the Author

Sanjay Nambiar grew up in Carson, CA, where he overcame a gang- and drug-riddled environment with the help of a closely-knit family and a focus on education. He graduated with honors from U.C. Berkeley, with degrees in Economics and Neurobiology, and earned an M.B.A. from UCLA. He now is a freelance copywriter in Los Angeles, CA. Through his books, Sanjay hopes to inspire readers and convey positive messages to kids. He won a Mom's Choice Awards Silver Medal and a Gelett Burgess Children's Book Awards Gold Medal for his debut book, "Maybe (A Little Zen for Little Ones)". He also is the author of the award-winning "Still There? (A Little Zen for Little Ones)" and "Remember the Stars (A Little Zen for Little Ones)". In 2013, Sanjay published "The Super Duper Princess Heroes: How It All Started," a picture book that subverts the princess paradigm and encourages girls to be empowered while retaining the cuteness of the princess aesthetic.

Customer Reviews

Far too repetitive to offer interest.
Carla Holt
My daughter loves Maybe...and now says "maybe" each time I ask her a question or say something about a situation!
cdc0108
It is a great lesson in seeing situations for what they are...situations.
Ron N. Plumb

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Woolley on February 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is really warm and wonderful. Its message is universal and so important to children. It even spoke to my husband. After a particularly rough morning, he told me that he thought about this book and it helped him put things in perspective. Now that's the power of Zen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By booklover73 on November 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"Maybe" is about a little girl who doesn't let life's ups and downs throw her off. Instead of perceiving events as "good" or "bad" she merely takes each as they come... what wonderful seeds to plant in our children's minds, that life is beautiful with everything it has to offer. I've recommended it to several friends with little ones and they love it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Neely on May 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This delightful little book gives children a wonderful lesson that will help them through life: that what appears to be a bad occurrance can often be for their good, and vice versa. The book is charmingly illustrated and will appeal to pre-schoolers with the bright pictures and simple text. I highly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hope To Read on October 15, 2014
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I don't understand how this author can make a living as a freelance copywriter nor how this book won a Mom's Choice Awards Silver Medal and a Gelett Burgess Children's Book Awards Gold Medal. I believe awards should be based on 100% of a book and that includes copy and edit. Maybe some awards are? Maybe not.

Within the first five pages you see significant spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. Each of these flaws leads to distraction from the story. The book is geared toward 5-7 year olds yet has these errors. We cannot expect children to learn to read fluently if we are giving them books with so many flaws. The book was edited by someone with the same last name as the author. Maybe it's a coincidence? Maybe not. The book was published three years ago in 2011. Since then two additional books have been published in the same series. One would assume edits should have been made prior to adding to the series.

The book version I have is the Kindle version directly downloaded from the Amazon site. When switching to the hardback option and clicking "look inside" the first spelling error is not on that version. Maybe the hardback version differs slightly? Maybe not.

The story, morals, and underlying theme are to be applauded. The story situation and events are an ideal way to introduce children to Western philosophies. Especially for those with little to no prior exposure. Maybe this makes the rating worth 3 stars? Maybe not.

The illustrations and good although there are significant portioning differences between child and adult characters. These differences are visually jarring and awkward. Maybe symbolisms? Maybe not.

The story summation on the final page is lengthy, not suitable for 5-7 year olds, and an adult will need to read and explain it to younger readers. Maybe? Maybe not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 10, 2014
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This is the complete review as it appears <a href="http://ianwoodnovellum.blogspot.com/2014/10/maybe-little-zen-for-little-ones-by.html">at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV</a>. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

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".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine on March 31, 2014
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Based on a classic zen story, this gives one the opportunity to see situations not in black and white but in possibility. This retelling is very age-appropriate for K-2. The art work is a bit flat and all the people have big heads, not my favorite style, but the story is the important part of this book. Great conversation starter about perspective and optimism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jazz Journal on October 8, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
A good picture book for a lesson about taking life as it comes. However, the poor editing distracted from my enjoyment of the book.
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This may be based on a beloved Zen fable, however, it fails to execute or convey that meaning to the reader. Young readers tend to need consistent flow and message to stay engaged, especially for new readers. I read this through last night with my 6-year-old daughter. She is a very new reader and struggled the entire time - with some of the bigger words, with interest in the story, with understanding what story was being told. We are a family of voracious readers - everybody was listening as my daughter was reading to me, and everybody commented on how frustrating the book was. My wife even commented: "I feel like Gru on Despicable Me - 'This is literature?!'"

Thankfully it was free.

Main message to the author - simplify and build a cohesive message with a consistent flow. Try some more engaging pictures as well.
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