While sometimes I want to read my kids a story that is just silly and fun, but other times I really like to read them something that has a deeper message and becomes a book with impact. As parents, we have so many opportunities to teach our children about respect, responsibility, character and morals not to mention how to interact with the world around us. One of the very best ways to do this is to read a story about a character that is in some way relatable – same age, same gender, favorite animal – who is learning the lesson. A Little Zen for Little Ones does just that:
About the Book: Based on an ancient and beloved Zen fable, “Maybe (A Little Zen for Little Ones)” is about a wise girl who experiences a series of events that at first seem lucky (or unlucky) but then turn out to be quite the opposite. A bike disappears, but then she gets a new one. She hurts herself, but then she enjoys a nice day at home. For each incident, was what happened good luck? Maybe. Was it bad luck? Maybe. Or, perhaps the girl simply does not get caught up in the emotion of the moment, because she can never know what that event might lead to, good or bad . . .
About A Little Zen for Little Ones™
A Little Zen for Little Ones™ puts classic and new Zen stories in an accessible context for today’s kids (and adults!). These revered tales provide a little perspective on what’s truly important, on how personal balance and peace can manifest in everyday life. With children as central characters and narratives that reflect modern culture, A Little Zen for Little Ones™ helps us examine our values as our world becomes more complex and confusing. After all, if our children can get a little bit of Zen in their lives, perhaps they’ll grow up to be adults with a little bit of Zen as well. Wouldn’t that be great for all of us?
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Here’s What I Think: This book is very cute, and entertaining. The artwork is great, my middle son – “The Artist” really enjoyed. The story has a great ebb and flow of going back and forth about what’s good luck and what’s bad luck. Ultimately, the lesson – I think – is about perspective and teaching your children to be grateful and appreciate what they have, not worrying about what others get that they did not.