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Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth
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Oct 31, 2009

it was amazing
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Recommended for: kids ages 4+
Read in October, 2009

This 2006 Caldecot Honor book is pure beauty, from the water color illustrations to the wise stories. Karl, Abby and Michael meet Stillwater on a rainy day in their backyard. The next day Abby went to visit Stillwater. They share some cake while Stillwater tells Abby a story about gift giving. Michael visits Stillwater the next day and as they sit high up in a tree Stillwater tells Michael luck. Karl visits next and brings with him a whole pool full of swimming toys even though Michael told him not to. As they swim the afternoon away Stillwater tells Karl a story about being mad and letting go. Each child ears a special story from Stillwater that has specific meaning for them and each of the stories will have special meaning to anyone who reads this wonderful book

Zen Shorts is the epitome of beautiful illustrations and a moving story marring to make a truly special picture book. While children will be able to connect to this book it is by no means exclusively a children's picture book. Stillwater has a story with a special message for each of us if only we will listen.
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