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Maybe: A Little Zen for Little Ones Hardcover – November 1, 2011


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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: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,024 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.

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We just got this book and both my 5 year old and 7 year old absolutely loved it!
Mama Arora
The book is charmingly illustrated and will appeal to pre-schoolers with the bright pictures and simple text.
Bonnie Neely
The story is sweet and the author's writing propels us through the pages at a nice pace.
Marilyn Tullius

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 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 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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1 of 1 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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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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Format: Kindle Edition
It is a great book with a great story and well illustrated
It shows how there are always 2 options in life and we must be wise enough to chose the right one
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By mama arora on September 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The messages behind all the Little Zen for Little Ones' series are amazing and so unique. My daughters, ages 7 and 9, still enjoy re-reading this book. I hosted a Christmas party for friends with 20 kids ages 2-9 and gave them copies of this one as well as the other Zen books in the series and they all loved it!
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I love the message of being at peace with each situation. Being OK in the moment with out jumping to a Good or Bad Conclusion with every event that happens. What a great thing to teach children at a young age. Sweet illustrations too.
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Format: Hardcover
My kids (ages 5 and 7) love this book! It is one of their favorite bedtime stories and skillfully conveys to children that things happen in life and even though things feel good or bad in the moment, not focusing on the emotion of the moment can lead to a healthier and happier life overall.

I would highly recommend the book to anyone raising children... It teaches a great lesson that seems all too often missed in this day and age.
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