3 out of 5 stars.
I would like to thank Wisdom Publications for allowing me a free ARC of this book in exchange for an open and honest review.
This really wasn’t just one book, it was two. One for a parent and child to share and enjoy together and learn about Zen… and then a second book for the parent alone to learn and be educated through the teachings, meaning and pictures shown in the child’s section of the book. Meaning you got an incredible amount of art, teachings and entertainment all in the one book.
I will admit here and now I am not as fully into Zen as I feel the audience of this book would be, but I enjoyed it all the same. The words and imagery were thought provoking for child and parent alike and it really did help open up a new path of learning for those interested to follow it up and learn more.
The art work was amazing and worked well with the teachings. And the teachings were well paced for adult and child alike too. It really was just one of those feel good books that not only entertained but had you thinking. And had me wanting to seek and learn more about finding this balance of life, mind and spirit.
Would I recommend this book to others?
I think I would. I really do feel it is a great book to use to introduce children to the concepts and teaching of Zen.
Would I buy this book for myself?
Maybe. But, again, I am not as fully into Zen as the audience this book is really for. I am a Pagan and my path and beliefs are on a slightly different path… and so while I found inspiration and knowledge within this book’s pages, I can’t see myself racing out and adding it to my library. Though, I do know which book to go buy if my children do start to show more of an interest in Zen.
In summary: Colourful, beautiful, uplifting and educating all in one. Quite a good mix of child and parent interaction as well as information for both generations to help them be introduced to the teachings of Zen.
Until next time,