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Book Title: Zen Ties|
The author of the book: Jon J. Muth
ISBN 13: 9780545104623
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 7.77 MB
Date of issue: September 2008
Reader ratings: 3.8
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The one term that comes to my mind when I read Jon J. Muth's Zen Ties that it is "deceptively simple." On the surface, it is simply a sweet story of friendship, one that even the youngest children will easily enjoy and understand. But beneath the seeming simplicity of the narrative, there are not only delightful haikus and plays on words, there also exist sparkling flashes of wisdom and philosophy. For example, when Miss Whitaker talks about the roots of words, one can see that these roots are not only important for words and plants, as she mentions, but also that real friendships require strong roots as well, and that these roots must be nurtured and studied in order for them to flourish. Zen Ties is therefore a book I would recommend for both adults and children, a wonderful collection of sweetness and wisdom, where both joy and sadness, delight and seriousness are presented in small, enjoyable and easily digested portions (sweet, satisfying and enlightening all at once).
I have to admit that I was not and am not all that keen on some of the accompanying illustrations. I think that for the most part, they do work well enough with the presented text, and I do love the way Jon J, Muth depicts/paints landscapes and buildings. Personally though, I find the illustrations of the pandas, especially some of the larger depictions of Stillwater, a bit overbearing, even potentially frightening (I think if I had had Zen Ties read to me when I was a child, I might have found Stillwater a bit creepy at first, at least until I realised what a truly wonderful character he really is). I know that most people really, really love these illustrations, and I honestly believe that this is a personal preference, but gigantic Stillwater (and the large, completely opaque, black eyes of both Stillwater and Koo) did require some getting used to for me.
Read information about the authorJon J. Muth is an American comic artist. His works include J. M. DeMatteis' graphic novel Moonshadow, Neil Gaiman's The Sandman: The Wake (along with Michael Zulli, Charles Vess), Mike Cary's Lucifer: Nirvana and Swamp Thing: Roots. Muth has gone on to an award-winning career as a children's book writer and illustrator. He received a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators for his illustrations in Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse.
He has also created a version of the Stone soup fable set in China.
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