A Zen book for children for Christmas
If you're in the market for a Zen book for a child, teenager, or anyone young at heart, "Zen Master Raven: Sayings and Doings of a Wise Bird" by Robert Aitken is one of my favorites. The "chapters" are very short, 1-2 pages at most, and usually include a sketch of one of the animals in the story line.
Here's part of the product description from Amazon.com:
"A brilliant introduction to Zen Buddhist teaching through over one hundred lessons told through the stories (and voices) of animals -- from curious beginners like Mallard and Mole, to teachers-in-training like Porcupine, to the profound wisdom of masters like Brown Bear and Zen Master Raven himself. Together, the stories represent both a fascinating and extremely readable introduction to Zen thought, and the summation of the teaching of one of the most important figures in the history of Zen in America."
Hey, if I could have said it better, I would have. :)