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Three Questions : based on a story by Leo Tolstoy

by Jon J. Muth

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  jrsearcher | Feb 12, 2015 |
The main idea of this book is to don’t worry about the future and live in the present. I liked this book for two reasons. First, the water colored illustrations of the book were very appealing and helped me visualize the story easily. The illustrations where it was raining and Nikolai had to help the panda were really cool! Lastly, I liked how the plot was setup. Nikolai asked his friends to help him, but were not much of help and Nikolai found his own answers with the help of Leo. ( )
  moaks1 | Feb 9, 2015 |
Nicoli is struggling with 3 simple questions. When is the best time to do things? What is the right thing to do? Who is the most important one? The author has him go through a series of adventures and problems until he finds the answers. I enjoyed how the author had the boy figure out the answers for himself. This book shows many great lessons and was easy to read. The book was also interesting and the pictures were great. I think young readers would really enjoy it. I loved the lesson it taught. Nicoli realized at the end there is only one important time and it is now. The important one is the one you are with and the important thing is to do good by the one standing by your side. ( )
  pnieme1 | Feb 9, 2015 |
In my opinion this is a great book that sends an excellent message to young readers. The language is very descriptive and the story provides you with points of views from several different characters. The boy in the story wants answers to three important questions and the answers are provided from a bird, dog, monkey, and a turtle. The illustrations went along wonderfully with the story and kept me engaged while reading. I do think that this book has a more mature message for readers to understand so, younger readers may not get the point of the story. In the end the boys questions are answered and end up being the main message of the story. The most important time is now, the most important person is the one you are with, and the most important thing is what you do for the one by your side. The story sends an excellent message to always be there for your friends and to help others when needed. ( )
  agassa1 | Feb 9, 2015 |
The Three Questions is a story that i think can be enjoyed by students between the grades of 3-6, however i would not recommend it to anyone under those grade levels. I think that the message of this story takes a little bit more maturation to understand and reflect on that some younger students may not comprehend at those grade levels. I enjoyed that this story gave readers the opinions and points of view of the young boys problems from four different characters. The bird, the dog, the monkey, and the turtle all allow readers to see a question or problem from several different points of views. The plot of the story build well around it's climax, when the young boy saves the mother panda and then goes out to rescue her baby, in my opinion keeping younger students engaged so that they can see the main message of the story. The Turtle plays the part of relaying the big picture to the young boy, telling him to not worry about how to be good in the future and who to be good to in the future, but to concentrate on being good in the present and being good to those around you. ( )
  mskell2 | Feb 8, 2015 |
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Nikolai is a boy who believes that if he can find the answers to his three questions, he will always know how to be a good person. His friends--a heron, a monkey, and a dog--try to help, but to no avail, so he asks Leo, the wise old turtle. "When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do?" Leo doesn't answer directly, but by the end of Nikolai's visit, the boy has discovered the answers himself.

Award-winning illustrator Jon J Muth's lovely watercolors are the most appealing aspect of this book about compassion and living in the moment. The simple Zen-based profundity of the boy's philosophical exploration may escape young readers, but they will enjoy the tale of a child who, in doing good deeds (for a panda and her baby, no less!), finds inner peace. Muth based his story on a short story of the same title by Leo Tolstoy. (Ages 5 to 9) --Emilie Coulter

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Nikolai asks his animal friends to help him answer three important questions: "When is the best time to do things?" "Who is the most important?" and "What is the right thing to do?"

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