Monday, May 5, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 16


 

Picture Book: The Three Questions

Author: based on a story by Leo Tolstoy

Illustrator: John J. Muth

Summary: A boy’s desire to be the best person he can be leads him on a journey to ask 3 questions of Leo, the wise turtle. He discovers the answers as he interacts with various animals. The 3 questions & answers: When is the best time to do things? (Now) Who is the most important one? (The one you are with) What is the right thing to do? (To do good for the one who is beside you)

Hanna’s Comments: Adults as well as children will benefit from this story. The back of the book describes the original story and gives biographical information on Leo Tolstoy. Be sure to help your audience apply these 3 questions and answers to their own lives in specific ways. Perhaps you can offer situations and ask for responses. Encouraging self-application of virtuous ideals is the heart of spiritual guidance and human transformation.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Scholastic, 2002

Age and Grade Appropriateness: 4 and up, Pre and up

# Of Pages: 32

Available in Spanish? Yes

Formats other than Book: Tablet

PBT Category: Post 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: action, attentiveness/ observation/seeing, body of Christ, caring/tending, choices/decisions, community, ethics, free will, fruit/fruit of the spirit, God’s will, goodness, helping, healing/healthcare, heroes, kindness, mentors/teachers, outreach, pleasing God/the Shema, questioning/questions, righteousness, searching, servanthood/service/serving, wisdom

Scripture Connections: Open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy, and to the poor in your land (Deuteronomy 15:11), one who waters will himself be watered (Proverbs 11:25), the Last Judgment (Matthew 25), in humility count others more significant than yourselves (Philippians 2:3)

Idea(s) for Application: Read this book to a group of adults in servant leadership training, a group of youth at a Confirmation Retreat, or a group of children learning the importance of serving others.