Shaolin -- Legends of Zen and Kung Fu


A popular Chinese saying goes, “All the kung fu in the world arise from Shaolin.” This book takes young readers on an exciting discovery of Shaolin Kung fu.

Shaolin is a 1,500 year-old Zen Buddhist temple in China that is famous worldwide for its peaceful-looking monks who perform incredible kung fu stunts.

How do these monks perform such amazing feats? Why do monks learn martial arts in the first place? And what do Star Wars and The Matrix films have anything to do with Shaolin Kung fu?

These questions and more are answered through words, illustrations, and an original 3D-animated kung fu film on DVD, Enter the Zen. In this book, children learn the wisdom behind the Shaolin saying “Weak mind, weak fist; strong mind, no need for fist.”

Enter the Zen is a funny and exciting short story about a courageous kid who wanders far and wide in search of the ultimate kung fu. At last, he finds it, but it is not what he thinks!

Liow Kah Joon’s children’s books allow kids all over the world to experience Asian stories in entertaining ways. With Shaolin, Kah Joon has taken the 1,500 year-old traditions of Shaolin Kung Fu and re-created them for young readers who enjoy Jackie Chan movies. This book includes an original 3D-animated kung fu story on DVD. Shaolin carries a message of peace and respect for others that is the wisdom behind Shaolin Kung Fu.

Shaolin: Legends of Zen and Kung Fu by Liow Kah Joon. Dimension (in inches): 0.44 X 10.66 X 8.50. Hardcover 32 pages, illustrated throughout, includes 3D-animation DVD, Age 8+. ISBN 981-05-4175-9. USD26.95. Publication Jan 2006.

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