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ISBN13: 9780439634304
ISBN10: 043963430x
Condition: Standard
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On Halloween, Stillwater the panda, who dons a spooky costume and mask, promises his friends Addy, Michael, and Karl a spine-tingling ghost story to be told by a mysterious storyteller.

The storyteller--who looks remarkably like Stillwater--tells the children an unforgettable ancient Zen story about a girl named Senjo who hopes to marry Ochu, the boy next door.

But Senjo's parents have different plans for her future. They want her to marry a more prosperous man than Ochu--someone who will care for the family and her ailing father. (contd.)

Heartbroken by the prospect of being separated, the two run off to a far away village and marry.

As the years pass, Senjo's regret for having left her family slowly eats away at her happiness, and she and Ocho return home to make amends.

But a surprise ending is in store. For Senjo's father swears his daughter has been sick and living at home with him the entire time. Yet Ocho knows differently, for he has been living with Senjo for many years. What is the truth? Who is the real senjo?

The story of Senjo was originally written down by a Chinese Buddhist Monk Master named Wu-men Hui-hai in the early 13th Century. This type of story, called a Koan, is used by students of Zen to attain enlightenment. It provokes thought and conversation--yet has no concrete answers.

With Zen Ghosts, Muth has once again presented an original, beautifully crafted story, perfect for Halloween--or any time.

Review:

"In the third of Muth's contemplative series, Stillwater the panda comes dressed as a ghost to join Addy, Michael, and Karl on Halloween. After trick or treating, they travel through the misty night to Stillwater's house. There, another panda (which one is Stillwater?) shares a ghost story, painted in black ink and based on a Zen koan, which questions the nature of identity. Haunting in multiple senses of the word, this tale should captivate thoughtful readers, as Muth's watercolors convey a world of infinite possibility and gentle enchantment. All ages. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

It's Halloween. There's mystery and fun around every corner. When Addy, Michael, and Karl finish trick-or-treating, their fun isn't over yet. Their good friend Stillwater the panda has one more special surprise in store for them. Full color.

Synopsis:

It's Halloween.

The trees are ablaze in fiery reds. Excited children don colorful costumes. And there's mystery and fun around every corner!

When Addy, Michael, and Karl finish trick-or-treating, their bags are brimming with treats. But the fun isn't over yet. Their good friend Stillwater the panda has one more special surprise in store for them. A mysterious visitor is about to tell them a spine-tingling story — one that will fill each and every reader with wonder.

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 THREE QUESTIONS, GERSHON'S MONSTER by Eric Kimmel, and THE CHRISTMAS MAGIC by Lauren Thompson. Muth lives in upstate New York with his wife and five children.

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Elysium, January 20, 2011 (view all comments by Elysium)
This is a magical experience for parents as well as children. Muth deals with century old themes and motifs and tells them in such a way every level of reader from child to adult learns something wonderful. Life is short and magic is in short supply, read ZEN GHOSTS!
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jamesecasey, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by jamesecasey)
The themes of duality and unison in the story and illustrations in this book are deeply intruiging, both to my young daughters as well as myself. I genuinely recommend it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780439634304
Author:
Muth, Jon J
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Author:
Muth, Jon J.
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Storytelling
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - General
Subject:
Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
up to 12
Language:
English
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
10.5 x 11 in
Age Level:
08-12

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Product details 40 pages Scholastic Press - English 9780439634304 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In the third of Muth's contemplative series, Stillwater the panda comes dressed as a ghost to join Addy, Michael, and Karl on Halloween. After trick or treating, they travel through the misty night to Stillwater's house. There, another panda (which one is Stillwater?) shares a ghost story, painted in black ink and based on a Zen koan, which questions the nature of identity. Haunting in multiple senses of the word, this tale should captivate thoughtful readers, as Muth's watercolors convey a world of infinite possibility and gentle enchantment. All ages. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , It's Halloween. There's mystery and fun around every corner. When Addy, Michael, and Karl finish trick-or-treating, their fun isn't over yet. Their good friend Stillwater the panda has one more special surprise in store for them. Full color.
"Synopsis" by ,
It's Halloween.

The trees are ablaze in fiery reds. Excited children don colorful costumes. And there's mystery and fun around every corner!

When Addy, Michael, and Karl finish trick-or-treating, their bags are brimming with treats. But the fun isn't over yet. Their good friend Stillwater the panda has one more special surprise in store for them. A mysterious visitor is about to tell them a spine-tingling story — one that will fill each and every reader with wonder.

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