gtag('config', 'UA-108009713-1'); Privacy Policy
Children's Library Lady Large Logo

Zen Shorts

Title: Zen Shorts
Author: Jon J. Muth
Illustrator: Jon J. Muth
Publisher: Scholastic (2005)
ISBN: 9780439199964
Series: Zen Shorts (1); Zen Ties (2); Zen Ghosts (3); Zen Socks (4)
Muth retells three short Zen stories. A panda introduces himself as Stillwater to three siblings, Michael, Karl and Addy. Over the next few days, the three children visit the giant panda. He tells stories illustrating Zen Buddhism principles. Addy hears the tale of Stillwater’s Uncle Ry who gave an unsuccessful robber his old tattered robe. Michael sits in a tree with the panda who tells a story of a farmer with good and bad luck. Finally, Stillwater tells Karl about the importance of forgiveness.

Buy The Book

*Disclosure: Amazon, Book Depository and Waterstones buttons are affiliate links. I will earn a small percentage of any purchases made. It won’t cost you anything!


These resources relate to the book, author and illustrator. The number of resources varies book to book. Please check they are appropriate for your specific needs before using them with children. If you have suggestions please get in touch!

The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature: Jon J. Muth biography

More Books by Jon J. Muth

More Books to Explore

The Children’s Library Lady has over 400 picture books on large variety of topics. You will find specific book, author and illustrator information, as well as resources. You can also browse themed books lists and explore all the books on the website. Click on the book covers below to start exploring what the website has to offer.

Complete Book List

Explore over 450 picture books. Each book title has a synopsis, resources and relevant links.

Themed Picture Book Lists

Find lists of picture books organised by different subjects, including separate lists for teachers.


Find links to a selection of book and magazine publishers. You will find the companies have different offers at different times so have a browse.

Keep in Touch

Keep in touch with the links below. Let me know if you have any resources I could consider for the website. You can also get in touch if you would like to work with me.

Parent Book List, Parent Book List, Parent Book List, Parent Book List