From Whitney's list on mindfulness for young children.
I adore this picture book and return to it often, to read to myself or to share with children. The story of three children meeting Stillwater, a peaceful panda, is fresh and fun. Stillwater teaches each child through an ancient story. The tone of the book and Muth’s illustrations perfectly reflect the concepts of stillness, self-awareness, self-acceptance, and non-judgment.
Jon Muth says it best when he writes in his author’s note: “’Zen Shorts’ are short meditations—ideas to puzzle over—tools which hone our ability to act with intuition. They have no goal, but they often challenge us to reexamine our habits, desires, concepts, and fears.”
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
Meet Stillwater, a GIANT, and very zen, panda bear in
this captivating picture book for little ones that love stories.
When Stillwater, a giant panda, moves into Addy, Michael and Karl's
neighborhood, he tells them the most amazing stories!
To Addy he tells a story about the value of material goods.
To Michael he pushes the boundaries of good and bad.
And to Karl he demonstrates what it means to hold on to frustration.
With graceful art and simple stories that are filled with love
and enlightenment, Jon Muth - and Stillwater the bear - present
three ancient Zen tales…