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A Little Zen for Little Ones

A Little Zen for Little Ones


32 Pages, 9 x 9

Formats: Hardcover Picture Book

Hardcover Picture Book, $15.99 (US $15.99) (CA $17.95)

Publication Date: November 2011

ISBN 9780983824305

Rights: US & CA

Umiya Publishing (Nov 2011)

Price: $15.99


Based on an ancient and beloved Zen fable, this picture book tells the story of a wise girl who experiences a series of events that at first seem lucky—or unlucky—but then turn out to be quite the opposite. A bike disappears, but then she gets a new one; she hurts herself, but then enjoys a nice day at home. For each incident, what happened may have been based on luck—or perhaps the girl simply does not get caught up in the emotion of the moment, understanding she can never know what an event might lead to. The beautiful themes and messages of this unique story are made accessible and relevant here to today’s children.


“This soulful little book, with its colorful pictures, teaches kids the valuable message that sometimes not getting what they want is a good thing . . . a message many adults are still struggling to learn.”  —Dr. Jenn Berman, author, SuperBaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First 3 Years

“If kids take away even a smidgeon of this message, parents and caregivers will find them more relaxed and philosophically prepared to deal with events as they take place.”  —

“The parents I work with love how this book puts good luck and bad luck into perspective. The story is precious and has a real impact.”  —Dr. Esther Hess, Center for the Developing Mind

Author Biography

Sanjay Nambiar is an award-winning children's book author. He is the author of Remember the Stars, Still There?, and Super Duper Princess Heroes. He lives in Los Angeles.