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****Zen Shorts

by Jon J Muth

Reviewed August 2, 2005.
Scholastic Press, New York, 2005.  40 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (E MUT).

One day, Addy, Michael and Karl meet Stillwater, a giant panda whose umbrella blew into their backyard.  As the three of them make friends with Stillwater, he tells them three stories, each full of wisdom.

Jon J Muth used three short stories from Zen Buddhist literature and told them simply enough that a child can get the point.  He accompanies the stories with exquisite illustrations, and the result is a beautiful, meditative book.

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