Stonecutter

Jon J Muth, Written by John Kuramoto

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This adaptation of a Chinese folktale begins with a man's dissatisfaction with his life. Weary of being a stonecutter, he becomes many things in his quest for authority, each time finding that greater power lies elsewhere. Rooted in Taoist principles, Stonecutter is a story about the nature of power and the value of accepting who you are.
 
Originally published in a limited, fine art edition and long out of print, this is one of Jon J Muth's most heartfelt and exquisite works, and a book he entrusted to Feiwel and Friends to reach a wide new audience.

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     The stonecutter stood before the stone, deciding where to begin.
     When at last he chose the proper spot, he drove the chisel into the stone with the hammer.
     The work was long, slow, and difficult. . . .
     “Each morning I go out to cut stones again, just as I have done my entire life. Is there nothing more for me?”

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The Stonecutter with Illustrator Jon J Muth

STONECUTTER, a film by Jamie Tolagson. In a beautiful video that echoes his ink paintings, Jon discusses working on a book of the stonecutter fable.

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“Moral without being moralistic, the tale sends a simple and direct message unfreighted by pomp or pedantry. Muth’s art is as carefully distilled as his prose. A series of misty, evocative watercolors in muted tones suggests the figures and their changing relationships to the landscape.”—Publishers Weekly, review of The Three Questions

 

“. . . Both an accessible, strikingly illustrated story and a thought-provoking meditation. Here Muth incorporates short Buddhist tales. . . . the peaceful, uncluttered pictures, like the story itself, will encourage children to dream and fill in their own answers.”—Booklist, starred review of Zen Shorts


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About the Author

Jon J Muth, Written by John Kuramoto

JON J MUTH has written and illustrated many acclaimed picture books including his Caldecott Honor title, Zen Shorts, which Kirkus proclaimed, “As perfect a picture as can be”; and The Three Questions, which the New York Times Book Review called “quietly life-changing.” His newest book, Zen Ties, debuted this spring and immediately landed on the New York Times bestseller list. He lives in New York State with his wife and four children.

 

JOHN KURAMOTO has collaborated on the text for many comic books and graphic novels, including The Crow. He lives in New York State.

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Stonecutter
Jon J Muth, Written by John Kuramoto

Paper Over Board

Paper Over Board
Feiwel & Friends
April 2009
Paper Over Board
ISBN: 9780312554569
ISBN10: 0312554567
Picture Book
4 5/8 x 6 1/4 inches, 136 pages, Black-and-white illustrations throughout
Age Range: 10 and up
Grade Range: 5 and up
$14.99

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
Feiwel & Friends
May 2014
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466871434
ISBN10: 1466871431
eBook Picture Book136 pages, Black-and-white illustrations throughout
Age Range: 10 and up
Grade Range: 5 and up
$7.99
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