Zen Ties

Zen Ties

by Jon J. Muth, Jon J Muth

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Overview


Summer has arrived -- and so has Koo, Stillwater's haiku-speaking young nephew. And when Stillwater encourages Koo, and his friends Addy, Michael, and Karl to help a grouchy old neighbor in need, their efforts are rewarded in unexpected ways.

Zen Ties is a disarming story of compassion and friendship that reaffirms the importance of our ties to one another.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439634250
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2008
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 165,419
Product dimensions: 10.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: 460L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author


Jon J Muth has written and illustrated many enchanting picture books, including his Caldecott Honor Book Zen Shorts and its sequel, the New York Times bestselling picture book Zen Ties. Other beloved titles from Jon include the New York Times bestseller Hi, Koo!, The Three Questions, Gershon's Monster by Eric Kimmel, and The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson. Mr. Muth lives with his wife and their four children in New York.

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Zen Ties 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Both Zen Shorts and Zen Ties are excellent books for children. The lessons that they teach are appropriate for children of all ages. My two girls ages 2 and 5 have been telling me to 'stop carrying the lady' or 'should we give them the moon?' You'll have to read the books to get the deeper meaning of these statements. Little kids can begin to learn lessons that many adults have not yet mastered.
lisab818 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lovely, bright paintings illustrate the story of Stillwater, a panda bear, and his nephew, Koo, as they get to know people in their neighborhood. Stillwater teaches his human children friends how to be kind to an elderly lady, who becomes a friend to all. Subtle humor is found throughout the book, such as Koo speaking in haiku. Zen Ties is a beautiful story with many levels that readers will enjoy.
ehimes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This children's book has beautiful illustrations and Muth creates such meaningful and deep thought-provoking dialogue. It is relevant even for adult readers.
ARICANA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Stillwater the panda encourages Koo, Addy, Michael, and Karl to help a grouchy neighbor, their efforts are rewarded in unexpected ways.
raizel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute wordplay, several examples of haiku, children learn that an elderly woman is not as mean as they thought, their caring makes her healthier, and she helps them in return. Tai Chi positions are shown on end pages. Watercolor illustrations are, as always, wonderful. The author's notes after the story talk about haiku, saving disposable cups, wordplay and family. Beautiful book.
rmckeown on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
John Muth is my favorite children¿s book author/illustrator. His tales are simple, delightful, and full of meaning for the discerning reader. I am on a quest to complete my Muth collection, and I can only imagine the treasures that await me. The Three Questions remains my all-time favorite of his or any children¿s picture books. Pick up one, or better yet, both these titles and see what I mean. Without reading the introduction, see if you can find the pun cleverly hidden in the pages of dialogue. 5 stars--Jim, 6/20/09
DayehSensei on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this sequel to "Zen Shorts," Stillwater the Panda and his friends cheer up and elderly lady they previously thought was mean. This contains much of the same tone and spirit (haiku wisdom) as the first book. I would read this with third grade and up.
timothyl33 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A sublime children's book with eye-catching art. I doubt you'll see a book that uses zen philosophy in its story. Plus a panda that talk with haiku dialogue.
sriches on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summer has arrived -- and so has Koo, Stillwater's haiku-speaking young nephew. And when Stillwater encourages Koo, and his friends Addy, Michael, and Karl to help a grouchy old neighbor in need, their efforts are rewarded in unexpected ways. Zen Ties is a disarming story of compassion and friendship that reaffirms the importance of our ties to one another. .
kiesa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My 20-month old boy loves this book. At first, I thought the pictures and words would be too advanced for him but he's mesmerized by it.
kidlit9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Stillwater the panda encourages Koo, Addy, Michael, and Karl to help a grouchy neighbor, their efforts are rewarded in unexpected ways.
litlb00k on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was not as excellent as the first but was still a pleasant read and I liked the connection of the children to the elderly lady. Very nice.
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This book taught some valuable lessons that I think all children should be introduced to. Zen ties truly teaches (to all who read it) the value of friendship and service. This book helps adults as well as children realize that even though you might have your difference with someone, you can still learn to love them through serving them and getting to know them better. This book is full of love and treasured friendships, and anyone who needs to read uplifting words should turn to this book.
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