Addy's Cup of Sugar: (based on a Buddhist Story of Healing)

Jon J. Muth (Author)


Stillwater, the beloved Zen panda, coming soon to Apple TV+!

Jon J Muth's enlightening new picture book is based on an ancient Buddhist legend, and features Stillwater the Panda from Jon's Caldecott Honor Book and New York Times Bestselling book, Zen Shorts.

* A master class of picture-book storytelling. -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Addy has moved to a new neighborhood with her beloved kitten, Trumpet. They are best friends, and inseparable. But when Trumpet is hit by a car, Addy seeks her wise friend, Stillwater. She is sure he will know how to bring Trumpet back to life.

Stillwater tells Addy she will need to find a special medicine. To do this, she must go to everyone in the neighborhood and collect a cup of sugar. But there is one condition: it can only come from the home of someone who has never been touched by loss.

Addy goes from house to house. And when she returns home, Stillwater asks for her cup of sugar. But, of course, she has none. For there isn't a person who has not felt the pain of loss.

How Addy comes to understand how this special medicine works makes for a reassuring story of consolation and healing.

Muth's stunning interpretation of this Buddhist tale is infused with light and compassion. And it celebrates the fragile and sacred moments we all share with those we love.

Product Details

$17.99  $16.55
Scholastic Press
Publish Date
October 20, 2020
10.6 X 11.3 X 0.5 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Jon J Muth is beloved all over the world for his seven books featuring Stillwater the Panda, whose love and balanced approach to life always serve to make the world a better place for his young friends. Muth's many enchanting picture books include his Caldecott Honor Book Zen Shorts, Addy's Cup of Sugar, Stone Soup, and The Three Questions, which the New York Times Book Review called quietly life-changing. His books have been translated into more than 15 languages and are cherished by readers of all ages. Muth draws inspiration from his life-long interest in Asian Studies, including tai chi chuan, sumi ink drawing and chado, the way of tea.

Muth is also renowned in the world of graphic novels. He won an Eisner Award for his paintings in the graphic novel, The Mystery Play by Grant Morrison. He's partnered with Neil Gaiman on The Sandman: The Wake, Walter and Louise Simonson, and Kent Williams on Havoc & Wolverine: Meltdown, J. M. DeMatteis on Moonshadow and Silver Surfer, and with Stanislaw Lem on The Seventh Voyage which was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Adaptation in Another Medium. He lives in New York State with his wife and their four children.


Distinctions and Praise for Zen Shorts:

A Caldecott Honor Book
Book Sense Book of the Year Award
NAIBA Book of the Year Award
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

* Both an accessible, strikingly illustrated story and a thought-provoking meditation. -- Booklist, starred review

* Every word and image comes to make as perfect a picture book as can be. -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Appealing enough for a group read-aloud, but also begging to be shared and discussed by caregiver and child, Zen Shorts is a notable achievement. -- School Library Journal

Distinctions and Praise for Zen Ties:

NAIBA Book of the Year Award
Children's and Teen Choice Book Award Winner
Cybils Picture Book Award Finalist
A Washington Post Best Children's Book of the Year

* Muth's brush is as sure as ever; Stillwater's big, blunt paws and hunched-over listening posture are irresistible, and Miss Whitaker's delicate face and snow-white hair beautifully counterpoint the vignettes of youthful play. -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

The pleasure, as always, is with Muth's irresistible storytelling, both visual and textual... The story's theme of intergenerational kindness is tender, and the text is infused with bits of haiku, wordplay and small lessons that charmingly avoid didacticism. A welcome return. -- Kirkus Reviews

A rich and wonderful offering. -- School Library Journal

Distinctions and Praise for Zen Ghosts:

A Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People

* Muth's art remains strikingly beautiful, and Stillwater is perennially charming. -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

A beautiful, contemplative offering. -- Booklist

Breathtaking... The book functions on many levels... and succeeds spectacularly on all of them. -- School Library Journal

Distinctions and Praise for Zen Socks:

An Amazon Editors' Children's Book of the Year

* Strikingly beautiful... perennially charming. -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

Lessons of patience, compassion, and sharing, delivered gently. -- Kirkus Reviews

Distinctions and Praise for Hi, Koo!:

New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
A Parents' Choice Award Gold Medal Winner
A Cybils Award Poetry Finalist

* It's a joyous addendum to the Stillwater books, and it overflows with the same characteristic tenderness. -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

* Yields huge effect; in a word, magical. -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Even readers who are not typically interested in poetry will be captivated by Muth's artistry in both words and images. -- School Library Journal