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Three Monks




Publication Date         2010
Age Display               4-8 years
Publisher                   Better Link Press
Author                      Sanmu Tang
Format                      Paperback
Pages                       32
ISBN                         9781602209732


This fun multicultural children’s story tells a Chinese parable. One monk shoulders two buckets of water. Two monks lift one bucket of water. Three monks have no water! This is a story told generation after generation, and has much in common with the western saying “too many cooks spoil the broth.” When there is one monk in the temple, he fetches water for himself. When there are two, they share the duty. But as the third comes, it’s hard to divide the responsibilities. Everyone thinks for himself and nobody fetches water any more. At last, a fire in the temple teaches them the importance of cooperation. From then on, they cooperate and have water every day.