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Ages 5-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-54-557081-7
40 Pages
eBook Features: Quizzes,Read-through, Games, Jigsaw, Multiple Choice with Pictures, Multiple Choice with Text, Picture Starter, Scratch &, See, Sequencing, Touch the Page
English Language
Compatible with These Devices: Storia is available for Windows® PC, iPad®, Kindle® Fire, and Android™ tablets. *This eBook is best viewed on a PC or tablet. Not recommended for small screens.
File Size: 18 MB
Illustrator: Jon J Muth
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Subject & Themes: Friendship, Brothers & Sisters, Religion & Spirituality
Genre: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Fables
Awards: Caldecott Honors


With its stunning watercolor illustrations and gentle, profound story, this book brings to life some wise Eastern parables—and an unforgettable storyteller.


One morning, three siblings look out the window and spot a big panda with an umbrella sitting in their backyard. Soon Karl, Michael, and Addy are having tea with their new friend, Stillwater.

And when each child pays him a visit later, Stillwater offers a beautiful gift—a very special story chosen especially for each of his guests.

First Addy drops by with a homemade cake. Stillwater rewards her with an ancient story about a man whose generosity is extended even to a thief.

When Michael visits Stillwater up in his tree, the boy is afraid he'll fall and break something. So Stillwater tells him a story about how bad things can really be good things in disguise.

Then Kurt shows up and complains about being angry at Michael. Stillwater has yet another ancient story about letting go of bad feelings.

With each story, the children learn something wonderful and important about life—and about themselves. To mark the contrast between the present and the past, the illustrations alternate between the soft watercolors of the ongoing storyline and the bold ink drawings of the ancient tales.

Listen along as Stillwater weaves his magic in this subtle and exquisite book infused with Eastern philosophy.

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