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Three Questions : based on a story by Leo Tolstoy

by Jon J. Muth

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This lovely modern work is inspired by a classic work of Leo Tolstoy's. Author and illustrator Jon Muth does a beautiful job of taking a universal concept and making it accessible to young children as they too ponder the importance of life and those they encounter. ( )
  KMClark | Jul 23, 2014 |
I thought this was somewhat contrived, but ultimately a very sweet story--with excellent lessons about morality. The illustrations are lovely watercolors, superbly executed.
  Ms.Kunz | Jul 17, 2014 |
A very thought provoking book by Jon J Muth - The Three Questions. This book is about a boy and his friends the dog, monkey and crane. While searching for the answers to his questions he finds a panda in need that brings him presence while he helps the baby panda - thus finding the answers to his questions.
This book has beautiful illustrations that could be used as an example of water color for an art/author unit. ( )
  JenWinans | Feb 17, 2014 |
I liked this book for its value and the message. My 4-year old enjoyed the panda part. ( )
  lmeza | Feb 6, 2014 |
This book can be found in the world religions subsection in the children's area of a bookstore. It is placed there because the story elements are inspired by Zen Buddhist beliefs, but it is not direct in this regard. While I think it is important to educate children on the variety of religions explicitly, I like that this is an immediately universal tale with theological subtexts. I think it is a good way to demonstrate to children that we are not actually all that different by reading something relatable, and then later explaining the religious influences that might not have originally been seen as relatable.
  biarias | Jan 24, 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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