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Three Questions : based on a story by Leo Tolstoy

by Jon J. Muth

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The boy wanted to know the answer to his three questions. He asked all of his friends for their answer. He even went up the mountain to his old wise friend and asked him. He never realized it until the end that only he could really answer the questions. He learned many lessons on his journey to find the answers. He also discovered the true meaning of friendship. He learned that the people he is with at the time are the most important ones. This book teaches children not to be selfish and to care about the other people who have entered their life. ( )
  hschmill22 | Oct 2, 2014 |
The story is about a boy who is trying to find the answer to three questions with deep meaning. He goes on to ask his friends the answers but they can't help him or he is not satisfied with the answers. Little did he know than by showing kindness and compassion to someone he would find the answers he has been looking for. A very nice story with a deep message to discuss in the classroom. ( )
  cvarela | Sep 27, 2014 |
The Three Questions – By Jon J Muth (Picture Book)

The main reason I liked the book, The Three Questions, by Jon J Muth, was because of the illustrations. The illustrations told the story without words because it exemplified the scenarios very well. The story explores three questions, what is the most important time, who is the most important one, and what is the most important thing to do and how the answers to these questions vary upon where you are in your life. This book was extremely powerful and had great meaning that could be used in a classroom. ( )
  sconne7 | Sep 22, 2014 |
This is a good book to induce self reflection. The theme is very moving gets you thinking about your own life. The illustrator also added some other elements that would get you wondering if you missed something. You could use it in any class with any group. ( )
  jforrest21 | Sep 22, 2014 |
I liked this book because it was a great example of how to convey a very deep message in a way that appeals to young children. The way the author made most of the characters talking animals reminded me of African cautionary tales. I appreciated the way the author made the turtle seem extremely wise in contrast to the child's other friends. The pictures in this book were very pretty, but I am not sure that they were the most appealing to younger children. Ultimately, the book challenges the reader to think about deeper messages in regular seeming activities or events. The book gives a message about simplicity, appreciating those around you, and "living in the now." The beginning of the book is what can draw a young reader in and then the message of the book is clearly stated at the end. ( )
  ajfurman | Sep 9, 2014 |
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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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