Zen Ghosts (Zen)
The trees are ablaze in fiery reds. Excited children don colorful costumes. And there's mystery and fun around every corner!
When Addy, Michael, and Karl finish trick-or-treating, their bags are brimming with treats. But the fun isn't over yet. Their good friend Stillwater the panda has one more special surprise in store for them. A mysterious visitor is ab
”When our hearts are taken in two different directions, where are we?”
Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth is one of my all-time favorite books. So my first thought when I spotted Zen Ghosts in the bookstore was—Gah! How did this slip by me?
From the very first flip and step into this story, my imagination latched on to the warmth and wonder of the illustrations. Picture after picture will catch your eye and never let go. Rich, warm autumn colors, leaves, and shadows set the mood for a full moon Halloween o ...more
I liked this one very much, although the Halloween story combined with the Buddhist koan was a peculiar combination for me.
For school aged children, I think this book could get some interesting discussions started. There is an author’s note at the end about koans, etc. and it’s definitely written for adults and older children.
I adored the illustrations. The style chang ...more
Addy, Michael, and Karl are changing into their Halloween costumes when they think they see a ghost...but it is their good friend and mentor, Stillwater. Stillwater invites them to come over for something special after the children are finished trick-or-treating. Once the children are settled at Stillwater's home, he begins to tell them the story of "Senjo and Her Soul". It is a tragic love story about two best friends that grow up together ...more
As in all of Muth's Zen books - the artwork is the star. This one is particularly lovely with vivid orange and red autumnal landscapes, and a delightful two-page spread of all the kiddies in their costumes. My favorite is the monkey/cowboy. Is it a real monkey dressed up, or a child who couldn't decide between two costumes? It doesn't really matter - that's the magic of Halloween, folks.
When they meet, Stillwater takes them to his house and tells them the story Senjo and her Soul are Separated which was originally written down by Master Wu-men Hui-hai, a Chinese Buddhist monk who lived fr ...more
Zen Ghosts is the story of three siblings who spend part of their Halloween night with their friend, Stillwater. It is the third in a series about Stillwater and the children. Stillwater is a panda bear who demonstrates facets of Zen Bhuddism without ever making those facets explicit. Zen Ghosts (and Zen Shorts) utilizes the Buddhist teaching-stories.
The children and Stillwater discuss their halloween plans. After trick or treating, the children travel to Stillwater's house to ...more
The storyteller--who looks remarkably like Stillwater--tells the children an unforgettable ancient Zen story about a girl named Senjo who hopes to marry Ochu, the boy next door.
Senjo's parents have different plans for her future. They want her to marry a more prosperous man than Ochu--someone who will care ...more
”This is an outstanding graphic tale, told at a level of literary and visual sophistication which introduced new standards and aspirations to the genre”
Recently his storybook fiction has been equally stirring and eminently life-changing for me as both a former after-school librarian and a massive fan of z ...more
In this book the Giant Panda, Stillwater, takes Ad ...more
Jon J. Muth effortlessly draws us in to this tale of two young children who play and grow together and eventually fall in love. Forced to make a decision, Senjo decides to leave her family who have arranged ...more
I have a lot of issues with this book. One, I did not realize this is the third in the "zen panda" series. Nothing on the book warned me. So that made the sudden jump into the children's lives confusing. They weren't surprised or afraid to see a ghost outside their house, and quickly identified him. That left me with questions- how do you know who he is? It felt like I missed the introduction. Seco ...more
Zen Ghosts. / Jon Muth. / 2010.
Format: Picturebook - print.
"On Halloween night, Stillwater the giant panda tells Karl, Addy, and Michael a spooky and unusual story. Based on a Zen koan" (NoveList).
Considerations or precautions for readers advisory:
brothers & sisters, Halloween, Buddhism, pandas, folktales
"Muth's artistic gifts are so breathtaking that they will draw in even those whose attention spans are not at f ...more
We've had Zen Shorts, the first book in this series, since before my 6-year-old was born, and we've been reading it to him since he was a baby ...more
Kids love the main character, Stillwater, a large panda bear. In this book Stillwater experiences Halloween. He joins the kids in their fun and as always beautifully interweaves a zen story.
This zen story tells a story about a girl who wants to marry her sweetheart but her dad is forcing her into an arranged marriage. The whole story gives some insight into tre ...more
You won't be disappointed in these. They may be a bit wordy for younger kid ...more
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It is also a book that gives the reader more to consider.
It is told in the form of a koan, a story tht poses a question to which there are no write or wrong answers.
After the decisions on which costumes to wear, must one only be one thing, and which candy to trade,
the children are treated to a story about two sould, or is it three? Based on an ancient Chinese tale.
Is it magic or spiritual or???? The reader must decid ...more
This book just seemed weird, and I felt like it lacked context. Even with the author's note at the end, this story was just confusing. My son had questions and so did I. While I appreciate a good story, this strange little book had a good story wrapped in weirdness.
Not a recommend for me.