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Zen Shorts (Caldecott Honor Book) Hardcover – March 1, 2005
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In 1999 Mr. Muth started what has been over a decade in children's books. He has received numerous awards and critical acclaim and worked with many talented people. He is the author and illustrator of "Zen Shorts" a Caldecott Honor book, which Kirkus Review described as "Every word and image comes to make as perfect a picture book as can be". He is the illustrator of the anthology, "A Family of Poems", with Caroline Kennedy. His book "The Three Questions" has been described as "quietly life-changing" by The New York Times.
Muth worked for over twenty years in comics and graphic novels; culminating in the industry's highest honor, an Eisner Award for "The Mystery Play".
In an interview with theÂ Paris Review, E.B. White once said, "You don't write down for children. You write up." Muth wholeheartedly agrees. "Children are completely capable of intuiting wisdom as readily as adults are... they just may not have the ability to put it into words ... [but] they get this stuff very quickly. Even the kids who come to the book (Zen Shorts) because it has a giant panda tend to come back because there's some itch that's created -- in their minds or in their hearts -- to re-examine what's going on."
Mr. Muth has had a life long interest in Asian Studies, including tai chi chuan, sumi ink drawing and chado, "the way of tea". His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages and he lives with his wife Bonnie and their four children in New York.
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A panda appears in the backyard of three children. He is holding a large red umbrella (one that he holds over the three children as they talk) and is extraordinarily polite. The book notes that he, "spoke with a slight panda accent". With this initial meeting, the children slowly befriend their new neighbor, Stillwater. When Addy comes to his home with a housewarming gift, Stillwater returns the favor with the gift of a small story about his Uncle Ry. Michael visits the panda at the top of a tall tree. There they discuss, with the help of another story, what luck is and how a person can never really know what is going to happen to them next. Karl, the youngest of the three, brings too many toys to swim with in Stillwater's wading pool. At the end of the day, the two have had a good time, but Karl has wasted much of it by being mad at his older brother. On the way home, Stillwater tells a tale of letting go of what you cannot change.Read more ›
Every so often, when I discover a book, a movie or a CD, I have the impulse to go out and buy as many copies as I can get my hands on, and share it with everyone I know; that impulse hasn't driven me more than a handful of times. Zen Shorts is one of those books. If I don't know you though, you'll have to buy your own copy--but you won't regret it.
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Not much for writing but this product is excellent and the Seller is excellent as well. Great product and speedy shipping.Published 3 days ago by Jeanette Ravendhran
I discovered this book about a year ago at my daughters home. She had a copy signed by the author given to her three boys. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Lov 2read
Love this book! The writing is amazing and the story is silly but engaging and teaches some amazing lessons.Published 5 days ago by S. Appel
I love this book! Of the three lessons, my favorite is the third. Letting go of anger was the easiest to discuss with my son, yet has been the most difficult to implement. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
The book is a joyous happening. Great writing and great art. The story is both simple and complex. There stories within the story are classics. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Persop
I gladly lend my voice to the many who have already praised this book. It is unique in so many ways. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marksy