How Many Trucks Can A Tow Truck Tow?
by Charlotte Pomerantz, Illustrated by R.W. Alley
Examples of Tongue-Twisting Toddler Koans:
How much wood could a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
If a skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk, did the stump thunk the skunk stunk too?
Note: Charlotte Pomerantz loves kids and word-play. So while you may need to do some serious lip limbering before tackling this tome, young readers will relish her ridiculous rhymes.
Nick is enamored with tow trucks, especially the ones that zip past our front door, rattling every picture on the wall. So this book is right up his alley.
And unlike most koans that require years of meditation, this one actually has an answer:
Bonus: I’m a huge Babylon 5 fan, not just for the sweeping space opera, but also for the small bursts of deep insight, especially this one:
If I take a lamp and shine it toward the wall, a bright spot will appear on the wall. The lamp is our search for truth… for understanding. Too often, we assume that the light on the wall is God, but the light is not the goal of the search, it is the result of the search.
The more intense the search, the brighter the light on the wall. The brighter the light on the wall, the greater the sense of revelation upon seeing it. Similarly, someone who does not search – who does not bring a lantern – sees nothing.
What we perceive as God is the by-product of our search for God. It may simply be an appreciation of the light… pure and unblemished… not understanding that it comes from us. Sometimes we stand in front of the light and assume that we are the center of the universe – God looks astonishingly like we do – or we turn to look at our shadow and assume that all is darkness.
If we allow ourselves to get in the way, we defeat the purpose, which is to use the light of our search to illuminate the wall in all its beauty and in all its flaws; and in so doing, better understand the world around us.
– Citizen G’Kar