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

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In Is Nothing Something? Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh answers heartfelt, difficult, and funny questions from children of all ages. Illustrated with original full-color artwork by Jessica McClure, Is Nothing Something? will help adults plant the seeds of mindfulness in the young children in their lives. Beginning with the most basic questions, “What is important in life?” and ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Plum Blossom Books (first published March 11th 2014)
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Apr 10, 2014 Brian rated it liked it
Shelves: mysticism, childrens
Thay's guidance is wonderful as always, and it's a refreshing angle to read his responses to real questions children have asked him. But it's hard to tell what age group this book is targeted at. The text is advanced enough for 8-11 year olds, but the illustrations seem geared toward a much younger age bracket that would have trouble with the reading.

The southeast Asian water buffalo in the illustrations was a nice touch, and a few of the images were topically relevant. This might've been pushed
Jenny H.
Apr 08, 2014 Jenny H. rated it it was amazing
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 th ...more
Jan 11, 2016 Angie rated it really liked it
When I saw this book I knew I had to read it even though it's for kids. This book had such adorable drawings in it and sometimes I think it's refreshing to look at things from the angle of a child. The answers in this book are also things that can help adults; basics just written here in simple wording. Thich Nhat Hanh is also just wonderful and I plan on reading his answer book for adults once the library gets in a copy. This adorable little book made me smile.
Jul 07, 2016 Joan rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this kids' philosophy book. It asks tough questions and puts the answers into short answers that are easy to understand by kids and adults. This is a nice quick read, but also a great book to reference over and over again to remind ourselves how to live mindfully.
Meghan Douglas
Is Nothing Something? offers thoughtful answers from a Zen monk to children's questions about life, the universe and everything. It could also act as an introduction to key Buddhist beliefs and worldview. A lovely reference book for older primary school children and younger teenagers.
Jun 12, 2016 Pegs rated it really liked it
I've wanted to read one of this author's books for a while and I enjoyed it. While it was written for children/young readers, the questions and answers are deep and serve as a good intro to his teachings on mindfulness. I would read more of this works.
Jul 04, 2014 Riobhcah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zen, thich-nhat-hanh
What a wonderful book. Thay always as a wonderous and meaningful way to explain the interconnectedness of all. What a blessing it is to live in this time when we can learn from this excellent Zen master.
Aug 14, 2015 Desiree rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidz-bookz
Lovely introduction to Zen thinking & applicable to *ALL* ages. Definitely a breath of fresh air that can be read easily during a lunch break :)
May 18, 2014 Ninotchka rated it really liked it
Really sweet book! My girls are really enjoying it. Beautifully designed and great message.
Linda Deir
Oct 01, 2014 Linda Deir rated it really liked it
Real answers for kids and adults.
Jan 09, 2015 Klyon rated it really liked it
good class starter
Amanda Allgood
Jul 28, 2015 Amanda Allgood rated it it was amazing
Shelves: homeschool-read
Deep questions with insightful answers. A great book for children with curious minds.
Apr 12, 2016 Avliss rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This was a pretty good book. The illustrations were my awesome, and the way that Thích Nhất Hạnh responded to each question was thoughtful and engaging (even for adults!).
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Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist who now lives in southwest France where he was in exile for many years. Born Nguyễn Xuân Bảo, Thích Nhất Hạnh joined a Zen (Vietnamese: Thiền) monastery at the age of 16, and studied Buddhism as a novitiate. Upon his ordination as a monk in 1949, he assumed the Dharma name Thích Nhất Hạnh. Thích is an honorary ...more
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