The Show-Off Monkey and Other Taoist Tales (Hardcover)

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The Show-Off Monkey and Other Taoist Tales (Hardcover)


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A picture book of Taoist wisdom tales inspired by the ancient philosopher Chang Tzu, for children ages 5-10, beautifully illustrated with original artwork.

“If we are true to who we are, we will naturally find what is right.”
“Beauty is in the eyes and mind of the beholder.”
“What is good in life is not always obvious.”
These morals are inspired by the teachings Taoist philosopher Chuang Tzu (fourth century b.c.e.), who through charming and sometimes cryptic fables explained to his students the qualities of humility, modesty, simplicity, acceptance, and contentment. In “The Sea Turtle and the Frog,” two creatures share their unique perspective on the world. “The Happy Fish” offers a reflection on what makes for a good leader. And “The White Peacock” demonstrates the virtues of a simple life rather than one adorned with material riches.

Beautifully illustrated in the traditional Asian style by artist Mark McGinnis, this book collects thirty-three of these traditional Taoist wisdom tales that will teach readers young and old about the Taoist view of living in harmony with the natural world.
Mark W. McGinnis is an artist and writer. He was a professor of art for thirty years at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He now resides in Boise, Idaho, and his primary media are acrylic and black ink. His interdisciplinary approach to art in the past has included paintings, artist’s books, sculpture, printmaking, installation, video, performance, essays, and interviews. The research orientation of his work has led to projects of exploration and inquiry into a range of subjects including the extinction of species, the Snake River Basin, the literature of India and Japan, world religions, religious elders, economic evolution, foreign policy, nuclear weaponry, Native American history, and explorers of the “New World.” His projects have been shown in more than 120 solo exhibitions.
Product Details ISBN: 9781611803471
ISBN-10: 1611803470
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: August 29th, 2017
Pages: 80
Language: English
“Inspired by the wisdom found in Taoist philosophy and the fourth-century parables of Chuang Tzu, this book is a compilation of over thirty short fables featuring an extraordinary bevy of characters, from ‘The Shy Crow’ to ‘The Bull Who Lays Eggs.’ Vibrant and compelling, the animals come to life in a brilliant mix of acrylic paints and Asian ink while the sage shares timeless insights.”—Foreword Reviews
“Readers will find in these Taoist tales a way of living in harmony with one another and with the natural world. Illustrated with traditional Asian ink drawings, each animal image is delightful and sure to inspire discussion, contemplation, and enjoyment for children of all ages.”—Light of Consciousness