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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,960 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jon J. Muth Narrator: David Pitt Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“Michael,” said Karl. “There’s a really big bear in the backyard.” This is how three children meet Stillwater, a giant panda who moves into the neighborhood and tells amazing tales. To Addy he tells a story about the value of material goods. To Michael he pushes the boundaries of good and bad. And to Karl he demonstrates what it means to hold on to frustration. With graceful art and simple stories that are filled with love and enlightenment, Jon Muth—and Stillwater the bearpresent three ancient Zen tales that are sure to strike a chord in everyone they touch. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “The story is quiet and direct…with moments of understated humor.” 

    New York Times

  • “Pittu distinguishes the characters, realistically voicing the children and infusing Stillwater with calm, tranquil tones. His pacing is slow, thoughtful, and deliberate.” 


  • “David Pittu reads his dialogue with the vaguest hint of an Asian-influenced accent…A mellow soundtrack accompanies the narration, and the overall effect is a peaceful, rather than energetic, listening experience.” 


  • Book Sense Book of the Year

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Shane | 2/19/2014

    " A wonderful introduction to some basic principles of Tao or just important life lessons in general. I love the stories and the illustrations, plus my daughter likes it too. (20 mo) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Luann | 2/17/2014

    " Stillwater is a very cool bear who speaks "with a slight panda accent" and moves next door to Addy, Michael, and Karl. They take turns visiting him, and he tells them stories. I love how the illustrations change while Stillwater is telling the stories. And if you look closely in the illustrations after he tells Addy the story of "Uncle Ry and the Moon," Stillwater and Addy are painting the pictures that illustrated that story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Austin | 2/16/2014

    " This is a great book with a very good message. The illustrations are also very cool as they switch between two very different styles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sherri | 2/5/2014

    " Muth's lovely artwork charmingly accompanies the telling of a few Zen tales (shorts). "

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