The Three Questions

The Three Questions


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ISBN-13: 9780439199964
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/28/2002
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 44,888
Product dimensions: 12.40(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.34(d)
Lexile: AD410L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Jon J Muth’s enchanting picture books include his Caldecott Honor Book Zen Shorts and four companion books featuring Stillwater, Koo, and their wonderful young friends. His book The Three Questions, based on a short story by Tolstoy, was called “quietly life-changing” by The New York Times Book Review. And The Horn Book called Jon’s Stone Soup “delicious and satisfying.” His exquisitely beautiful books have been translated into more than fifteen languages and are cherished by readers of all ages. Jon lives in New York State with his wife and their four children.

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The Three Questions 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
modestindecisiv More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love children's books that have a nice moral message. The story, originally written by Leo Tolstoy is a about a boy who wants to know three important questions. In the end, a wise turtle answers the questions the boy wanted to know. This is beautifully written and the illustrations are beautiful as well. I first seen this book in paperback at a children's library and I enjoyed it so much I had to buy it in hardcover. This would be perfect for children who love to read but I think it is best told when reading it to a child and then discuss it afterward. It is not too long and I think it is perfect for people of all ages, young and old. I enjoy reading the book to my younger nieces and nephews. It's a subtle moral story about life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Author Jon J Muth certainly understands the uncertainties that children face. His main character, Nikolai, asks his three best friends the questions he thinks are most important. If he only knew their answers, he believes, he will be a good person. Recognizing his friends' limitations, however, Nikolai wisely seeks further for his answers, and visits a wise old turtle. The turtle never answers him directly, but when a storm comes up and two panda bears are in danger, Nikolai dashes to their aid without a thought for himself. In his action, he finds answers. This is a gentle tale, told well. Muth's illustrations are graceful and elegant, and beautifully enhance the many moods of the story. Based on a short story by Leo Tolstoy, who is probably best-known for War and Peace and Anna Karenina, The Three Questions succeeds in getting children to think of being of service to others. And to realize that, contrary to what advertisers would have us believe, life isn't about getting; it's about doing. Those who enjoy this book might also enjoy another picture book Ruby Lee the Bumble Bee - A Bee's Bit of Wisdom. It concerns a young girl who is uncertain of her abilities. When faced with a challenge, she learns an important life lesson. Books like Ruby Lee the Bumble Bee and The Three Questions are valuable tools in teaching children the importance of developing a strong character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love books that carry a powerful message in a simple way. This book is really for any age, child or adult. I choked up when I first read it to my daughter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have given this book to my grandchildren because I think it has a very important message and is beautifully written and  illustrated.  It is a book for all ages, really.  It is one of my very favorite childrens' books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is a bit advanced for young children, but it certainly leaves one with a great deal to think about. Great conversations can develop after reading this book.
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Grandma_Patty More than 1 year ago
I was concerned that this might be a little bit over my 7 year old grandson's head, but after reading it together and talking about it, I was pleased to find that he understood the story very well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would definetely recommend.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my daughter who is a high school English teacher. I thought it would help inspire her students. I thought she could use it along the lines of "Oh the places you will go".
ShiroKoinu More than 1 year ago
I love all of Jon Muth's books. The illustrations are fantastic and artful, and the story lines are imaginative while still teaching life lessons. It is a good book to teach children to help those in need when they need it where ever you may be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had read Leo Tolstoy's book concerning the Three Questions a long time ago, and was pleased to see this instalment clearly written for middle school children - perhaps even younger. While the story is written for children in mind, what is more captivating is the extraordinarily lovely series of illustrations that augment the story. The artistic rendering will appeal to many children, and provides much more to consider when the book is read more than once. There is a subtle nature to the illustrations, which work 'hand in glove' with the story. I wish that this was around when my own child was young, as I am sure that this would have become a perennial favourite. I think that the story lends itself to much thoughtful consideration, and conversation with your child. I do very much and heartily recommend this book for anyone with an introspective nature, and/or child.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. And so do my children. It reminds us to slow down, pay attention and the importance of being with and helping others. Should be a classic.