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Is Nothing Something?: Kids' Questions and Zen Answers About Life, Death, Family, Friendship, and Everything in Between Hardcover – April 15, 2014


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"Is Nothing Something? is a delightful book filled with answers to questions, some more philosophical than others, that every child wonders. The answers are concise, compassionate, and wise and are practical for application in daily life."—The Children's Book Review

About the Author

Born in Hue, Vietnam, Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist monk, poet, scholar, and human rights activist. In 1967, he was nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is author of more than one hundred books, sixty in English. Previous best selling books include Planting Seeds and Each Breathe a Smile. He lives at Plum Village, his meditation center in France, and travels worldwide, leading retreats on “the art of mindful living.”
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Plum Blossom Books (April 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937006654
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937006655
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese monk, a renowned Zen master, a poet, and a peace activist. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1967, and is the author of many books, including the best-selling The Miracle of Mindfulness.

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Wonderful and simple.
Jaime Weilacher
I have been looking for a book like this to address the big questions that children ask.
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As adults my friends & I found it a great read.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jenny H on April 13, 2014
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Basic Summary
Is Nothing Something? is a book filled with kids' questions and the sage answers from Thich Nhat Hanh about life, death, family, friendship, and so many other topics. Each page has a simple question, many of which my daughter asks on a regular basis, and a short answer. The answers are based on Buddhist principles and beliefs; however they are spoken without judgement and from a place of love. While the answers are geared towards a child, they are presented in a way that neither talks down to the child or makes light of their concerns. Some of the answers are very deep and philosophical; however most answers are simple principles of how to be kind, loving, and full of compassion. There are simple illustrations on each page containing animals, many of which are in yoga poses.

Our take on the book
When my daughter and I read the book for the first time, we took time to read each question and discuss what we thought the answer should be prior to reading the answer presented by Thich Nhat Hanh. It was serene to have a thoughtful conversation with my seven year old daughter about topics we rarely broach. I was impressed by her answers, and she reflected and responded to each of the answers presented in the book.

My daughter's favorite page had to do with a question regarding the death of a grandfather. The answer is amazingly peaceful, and I was touched when she made a connection to the death of my own grandfather because this relationship in particular is connected to the plants the we grow as a continuation of the things he taught me.

My favorite question and answer was centered on what to do when you feel sad. The answer recommended to smile even though your are crying because the sunshine through the rain can make a rainbow.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LisaBkln on May 1, 2014
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I have been looking for a book like this to address the big questions that children ask. The illustrations are beautiful and the language is clear.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CJ on August 27, 2014
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I gave this book to my 6 year old grandson on a recent visit. He absolutely LOVED the numbered questions (the index) and looking up the answers on the page listed. The book was easy enough for him to read out loud himself and to understand the underlying principals expressed. We were able to come up with many examples in his own little life that the book explained. Throughout our vacation he would say, "Is something nothing? No Ahma, even nothing is something!" It was like a pet joke between us. So grateful I purchased it for him. Incidentally, this book isn't just for kids! I gained insight from it also.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Maurer on November 11, 2014
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I love books that are so simple and yet so powerful. Thich Nhat Hanh has collected questions posed to him by kids and provides elegant answers to them. You do not have to be Zen or Buddhist to apply these ideas. The heart of these questions are all things we deal with whether a kid or adult. The book comes across like a picture book. My first thought of reading this book was to get it in the hands of my kids. I would love to hold family discussions around these questions. The essence of this book is that it is okay to think what we think, feel how we feel, and know that must embrace who we are.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By brian carter on April 28, 2014
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This book offers understanding of some very difficult ideas, put in a way all people can absord and act upon. I gave it to my girlfriends 6 year old daughter and she started copying straight from the book. Healing can come from such simple sources. I'm happy to read this book too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kestrel on January 19, 2015
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A way to help a child question and wonder. A way to have conversations. Suggest not doing very many at a time, and trying to return to the question when not reading the book, when those "teachable moments" arise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AngieB on January 2, 2015
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This is another fantastic Thich Nhat Hanh book, but not only for children. Also great for adult beginning mindfulness practitioners. We have given it as gifts and everyone loves it. Thank you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "Bear" Mommy on June 5, 2014
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It is simple and sweet. Conversation starter for kids re: life and spirituality. Will read a section and then ask our boys (9 & 6), "what are your thoughts?"
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