Magazine article Montessori Life

Haiku and Happiness

Magazine article Montessori Life

Haiku and Happiness

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Haiku and Happiness Basho and the River Stones By Tim Myers Illustrations by Oki S. Man Marshall Cavendish Children's Books, 2004, $16.95.

The Japanese poet Basho perfected the art of Haiku, a poem of three lines and 17 syllables, over 400 years ago. In Basho and the River Stones, Tim Myers tells the story of the poet's encounter with a wily fox.

Yes, another book for children explicating another of life's many lessonsor so I thought, until the poet says to the fox," A good poem is worth more than money-and it lasts much longer." So here is a book with ethical dimensions and a marvelous but gentle introduction to the world of poetry.

The fox uses his magic to trick Basho into giving the foxes all of the cherries in his orchard in return for three gold pieces. During the night the gold turns to river stones but the poet, in spite of his physical hunger, is not dismayed, but rather composes a haiku celebrating life. …

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