I cannot endorse this hardcover book, and the Zen Tails series, enough. From the superb finish of the publishing to the exquisite, simple and colourful art work to the universal truth of the story. It scores a ten out of ten. This particular story is very subtle but has a powerful message. Most adults would say the message of letting go of your thoughts so you can enjoy life is quite a complex one, that even we struggle with. Well I know I do! However, in saying that, most kids are pretty switched on and at an early age would welcome the life lesson of letting go of fixating thoughts. "I want, I want, I want" is a common phrase heard by most parents.
This story follows Bruno Beagle as he gets more and more stressed about wanting to eat an ice cream that only when he gets distracted by helping a friend in need that he forgets that he desperately wanted one and only then does a friend share one with him at the very end once he releases his desperate desires. Not that it always works out like that in life but it can. The age range recommended for this book is 5 to 10 but the simple nature of the book may not capture the imagination of an older child so it is best for you to decide whether it is suitable for them. However, for a young child, and quite frankly the younger the better, if they can internalise the essence of this message they will be all the better for it. A great book for children just starting to read with an emphasis on comprehension. Perfect for all school and home libraries.
Reviewed by Tony Nash, Booktopia CEO.
Zen Tails are classic philosophical stories adapted and beautifully illustrated for children. Each book includes a moral as well as the original Zen tale.
Zen Tails are stories that will be with you, your children and your loved ones for the duration of life's journey.
Everyone has an ice-cream except Bruno and he can't get ice-cream off his mind. Bruno's teacher, a martial arts master, shows how focused attention and caring for others brings freedom, happiness and even ice-cream!
Number one of a three part series of philosophical stories adapted and beautifully illustrated for children.
About the Author
Peter Whitfield is the former director of Stanfords International Map Centre in London. He is the author of numerous books, including Images of the World, A Universe of Books, and London: A Life in Maps.
Series: Zen Tails
For Ages: 3 - 7 years old
Number Of Pages: 28
Published: 1st January 2004
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 22.0 x 0.900