The Three Questions [Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy] Hardcover – Picture Book, April 1, 2002
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Award-winning illustrator Jon J Muth's lovely watercolors are the most appealing aspect of this book about compassion and living in the moment. The simple Zen-based profundity of the boy's philosophical exploration may escape young readers, but they will enjoy the tale of a child who, in doing good deeds (for a panda and her baby, no less!), finds inner peace. Muth based his story on a short story of the same title by Leo Tolstoy. (Ages 5 to 9) --Emilie Coulter
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- Lexile Measure : AD560L
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Grade Level : Preschool - 3
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0439199964
- ISBN-13 : 978-0439199964
- Product Dimensions : 12.3 x 0.4 x 9.9 inches
- Publisher : Scholastic Press; 1st Edition (April 1, 2002)
- Reading level : 4 - 8 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ordinarily, I would suggest looking at the preview pages to see for yourself, but in this case, I'm not sure they really convey the vibrancy and impact of the physical book.
I encourage buyers of this book to get the hardcover: I predict that it will be a keepsake you'll want to return to for years to come, well after the time your children have supposedly outgrown it.
Nikolai would like to know, What is the most important time? Who is the most important? and What is the most important thing to do?
Nikolai's friends try to give him answers. Nikolai thinks his friends are giving it their best answer but these answers don't feel right. He seeks the counsel of the old Turtle - Leo. When Nikolai arrives Leo is digging for his garden, and since it is much easier for a boy to dig than for a turtle, Nikolai digs Leo's garden. Just as he finishes digging a large storm moves in and Nikolai can hear the cries of a female bear who has been injured by a falling tree. After Nikolai rescues the bear she cries for her baby and Nikolai goes back into the storm to find the baby. He rescues the baby as well.
After the storm, Nikolai's friends come to find him and Nikolai asks Leo again his questions. The most important time is Now. The most important person is the One you are With. The most important thing to do is to Do Good for the One who is Standing by Your Side.
The storm in our house ended.
These illustrations are beautiful and peaceful watercolors. The story helps children to understand a very important lesson. It helped me to understand an important lesson.
Now when we are arguing, we stop, what is the most important time - Now. Who is the most important person - the one you are with. What is the most important thing to do - to do good for the one who is standing by your side. Are we following these simple rules, no. There may always be little disagreements, but I think this is a lovely foundation for everyone.
Ages 4-8 is appropriate, your 4 or 5 year old will certainly enjoy the story. I beleive that your 6 year old and up will understand the concepts better, but it never hurts to start early.