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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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Jenny H.
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
Brian
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...more
Rivqah
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.
Avliss
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!).
Ninotchka
Really sweet book! My girls are really enjoying it. Beautifully designed and great message.
Linda Deir
Real answers for kids and 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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