Zen Socks by Jon J. Muth
Who knew … along with the San Diego Zoo, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo gets a nod in mega-bestselling Jon J. Muth’s latest “Acknowledgements” as “the first and last places I got to draw what would become Stillwater and Koo.” Well, no wonder they’re so familiar!
In Muth’s latest tales of Panda-monium (oh, I just couldn’t resist!), Stillwater bonds with a trio of new friends when Leo, Molly, and their kitty Moss move into their new home which happens to be right across the street from – “What’s his name again? … Mister … Quietpuddle?” – no, Stillwater’s abode.
Over the next few days, the new neighborly quartet get to know one another. Being among Stillwater’s chosen is, of course, always a gently enlightening experience. Molly learns about patience and perseverance thanks to monkey with sword master-aspirations, Leo gets a lesson in perspective, and all four spend a day at the beach where they work together to make what seems impossible possible.
As with his previous Panda-filled titles – including Zen Shorts, Zen Ties, Zen Ghosts – Zen Socks is a timeless lesson-times-three for ageless audiences – that means us all. In his “Author’s Note” at book’s end, lest you think we’re talking the stinky covers for our feet, Muth explains, “Zen Socks was inspired by all of the unexpected ways I have benefited from those who have ‘socked it to me,’ not least of all, my children.” Indeed, some of life’s best lessons come from the youngest souls, as well as the unconditionally-attached, four-footed furries we claim as family, too. “[H]ow should we act?” Muth prods us. “Kindness works. Generosity works. Compassion works. Not every time, but always.”
Get ready for Muth to ‘sock it’ to you and yours … from book to book to book, Muth proves that in our search for everyday enlightenment, you can’t ever go wrong with a bike-riding, blue-tutu’ed-dancing, role-playing, star-gazing, giant bear named Stillwater.