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Review: Zen Shorts

For reading time today, my daughter picked out Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth. This book originally came out in 2005 and I remember seeing it at the bookstore but it never caught her eye until recently.

Imagine what happens when a panda bear by the name of Stillwater becomes your neighbor. Michael, Karl and Addy get to know their neighbor through the short “zen” like stories he shares with them.

The book is beautifully illustrated and filled with life-long lessons for everyday life, such as not carrying around anger or how to be thankful for what you have. This book would be great for boys or girls ages 4-7. It’s also “adult friendly” in that it was interesting to read to my daughter and was not repetitive at all. It flowed quite nicely. It would make a really nice gift.

On a side note… some of the pages would be beautiful framed. When I had my kids I had grandiose ideas of framing favorite pages from books to hang in their nursery. Wouldn’t that be cool? I never got around to doing it but this book would be good for that.

2009 Book Club List

Here is my book club’s reading list for the entire year! It was great fun choosing and everyone came up with some great titles. The list starts with March 2009 because last year we picked more than just twelve titles.

March – Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama

April – Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

May – Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

June – Prayers for Bobby by Leroy Aarons

July – Netherland by Joseph O’Neill

Aug – Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo

Sept – The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

Oct – A Mercy by Toni Morrison

Nov – In The Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

Dec – The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Jan – Finn by Jon Clinch

Feb – Case Histories by Kare Atkinson

Mar – True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey

There you have it! I will post my reviews as I read them. I’m really looking forward to this list.