I’ve previously mentioned the Jon J Muth books about a handful of kids and their adventures with Stillwater the Panda (well, honestly, they’re more like “sitting down and listening to Stillwater the Panda tell a story” than an adventure proper), and I’m pleased to go into a little more depth into one of the books Maribou recommended for kids in last week’s unsolicited shopping guide:
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In this picture book, we explore a handful of little stories about the importance of practice and patience, a meditation upon play that relies heavily on “good guys” and “bad guys”, and see Muth’s take on “The Boy And The Starfish”.
You don’t need to have read Zen Shorts, Zen Ties, or Zen Ghosts to appreciate this story (or the delightful pictures) and so it’s a delightful entry into the series that will make you want to pick up those three (and you totally should, because they are each delightful as well). It can be a good way to discuss a handful of surprisingly deep concepts without being hit you over the head didactic (well, the “good guys/bad guys” story resolution might make some kids roll their eyes… but it might make some other kids say “yeah, let’s try to play like that!”).
The art is gorgeous, the stories are sweet, and it’s a book that you won’t mind reading a fifteenth time (it can become a zen meditation in its own right).
So… what are you reading and/or watching?
(Featured Image is “Edison’s Telephonoscope” by George du Maurier from Punch Almanack for 1879)