The Three Questions, based on a story by Leo Tolstoy was written and illustrated by Jon J. Muth and published in 2002. Of course it contains his gorgeous watercolor paintings. Did I tell you I love his art and have purchased books because of his artistic talent?
In this story, a young boy has three questions: When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? and What is the right thing to do?
As this child goes on a journey to find the answers, he gets a few different answers - all of them good answers, but they are not the answers he is ultimately looking for. After he helps a farmer and saves a panda and her baby, he discovers the answers to these questions.
This is a thought provoking book and I can picture myself using it in the classroom. I can imagine students trying to answer those questions for themselves, having a Socratic discussion or debate on each one. Not to mention that the art is fantastic and brings out the emotion of the story.
I am so happy to have added this treasure to my storybook collection. It is worth every penny.
Read to a child today even if that child is you.
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