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Squabbling Squashes

Illustrated by Minette Mangahas
Published by Wisdom Publications
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

A Zen Buddhist story for all ages on how to cultivate harmony amid our differences.

Minette Mangahas is an artist and designer whose calligraphy-inspired work has been featured internationally. When not illustrating squashes, she’s eating them.

"An essential teaching for all children, told with delightful, relatable warmth."


– Sumi Loundon Kim, author Sitting Together: A Family-Centered Curriculum on Mindfulness, Meditation, and Buddhist Teachings

“Squabbling Squashes is a delight from start to finish, both funny and wise. The illustrations are so warm and inviting that children of all ages will want to step into the scenes and sit with the squashes. And then it’s easy to take in the gentle point of this classic story of the deep connections among us all.”

– Jisho Warner, Soto Zen priest and guiding teacher of Stone Creek Zen Center

“Super enjoyable to hear, read, and savor for people of all ages, Squabbling Squashes helps our future generations to be aware of a universal mutual tie in society and nature.”

– Kazuaki Tanahashi, author of Painting Peace: Art in a Time of Global Crisis

“This sweetly illustrated parable of the squashes beautifully reveals that we are simultaneously wondrously different and intimately connected. A deeply meaningful story that children and their parents will repeatedly delight in.”

– James V. Cordova, PhD, author of The Marriage Checkup and The Story of Mu

“An ancient tale cultivating mindfulness today.”

– Lauen Alderfer, author of Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda