Zen picture book for children: The Three Questions

Jon J. Muth’s picture book for children is aptly titled.  The three questions introduced in The Three Questions might at first seem a little odd, especially to today’s modern child.  The questions themselves have a slightly unnatural rhythm to them which makes them difficult to imagine ever speaking out loud.  This strange rhythm makes much more sense once we realize the questions originate from Leo Tolstoy’s short story titled (Hmm, can you guess it?) The Three Questions.


Muth’s book expresses his own passion for Tolstoy while beautifully sharing the author’s study of Zen in a way that children can understand.


The Three Questions, Jon J. MuthMuth’s watercolors add a peaceful beauty to every page.  Most importantly, the engaging images lead us at last to the ANSWERS of these meaningful three questions.  No spoiler alert here.  You’ll have to read this delightful story to learn the answers for yourself.


Parents, don’t miss the author’s note at the end of the book.  It offers even more insight into the inspiration behind this empowering book for children.


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