Zen Shorts

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Zen Shorts
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Author Jon J. Muth
Country United States
Language English
Published 2005 (Scholastic Press)
Pages 40
ISBN 978-0-439-33911-7
OCLC 53084041
[E] 22
LC Class PZ7.M97274 Ze 2005
Followed by Zen Ties

Zen Shorts is a 2005 children's picture book by Jon J. Muth. The book was followed by Zen Ties in 2008.


Three children, Karl, Michael and Addy, encounter a panda named Stillwater. The panda carries a red umbrella and speaks in a "slight panda accent". For the next three days, the three kids visit Stillwater. The panda rewards each with instructive anecdotes.


Bruno Navasky, of The New York Times, reviewed the book saying, "Muth attributes the third to a Taoist tradition, but for me it calls to mind most vividly the popular picture book Fortunately, by Remy Charlip, with whom Muth has also worked. In any case, the cultural blurrings won't reduce the pleasure with which this book is received, and most children would surely vouchsafe Jon Muth the pleasure of a one-handed round of applause for his elegant tale."[1] A Kirkus Reviews review says, "The Buddha lurks in the details here: Every word and image comes to make as perfect a picture book as can be."[2] A Publishers Weekly review says, "Readers will fall easily into the rhythm of visits to Stillwater and his storytelling sessions, and many more will fall in love with the panda, whose shape and size offer the children many opportunities for cuddling."[3]



  1. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/10/books/review/10CHILD-NAVAS.html
  2. ^ Kirkus Reviews, 2/1/2005, Vol. 73 Issue 3, p179-179, 1/5p. (Book Review)
  3. ^ Publishers Weekly, 2/28/2005, Vol. 252 Issue 9, p66-67, 2p. (Book Review)
  4. ^ American Booksellers Association
  5. ^ American Library Association