Mark McGinnis - Pajama Storytime
Local author and illustrator, Mark McGinnis will be at Rediscovered Books on Friday, September 1 at 7 p.m for a pajama storytime.
His latest book is The Show-off Monkey and other Taoist Tales
A picture book of Taoist wisdom tales inspired by the ancient philosopher Chang Tzu, for children ages 5-10, beautifully illustrated with original artwork.
"If we are true to who we are, we will naturally find what is right."
"Beauty is in the eyes and mind of the beholder."
"What is good in life is not always obvious."
These morals are inspired by the teachings Taoist philosopher Chuang Tzu (fourth century b.c.e.), who through charming and sometimes cryptic fables explained to his students the qualities of humility, modesty, simplicity, acceptance, and contentment. In "The Sea Turtle and the Frog," two creatures share their unique perspective on the world. "The Happy Fish" offers a reflection on what makes for a good leader. And "The White Peacock" demonstrates the virtues of a simple life rather than one adorned with material riches.
Beautifully illustrated in the traditional Asian style by artist Mark McGinnis, this book collects thirty-three of these traditional Taoist wisdom tales that will teach readers young and old about the Taoist view of living in harmony with the natural world.
Mark W. McGinnis is an artist and writer. He was a professor of art for 30 years at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
He now resides in Boise, Idaho and his primary media are acrylic, black ink, and watercolor. His interdisciplinary approach to art has included paintings, artist's books, sculpture, printmaking, installation, video, performance, essays, and interviews. The research orientation of his work has led to series and projects of exploration and inquiry on a range of subjects including Still Life, Extinct Species, Buddhism, the Snake River Basin, science and philosophy, literature of India and Japan, world religions, religious elders, economics, foreign policy, nuclear weaponry, American Indian history, and explorers of the "New World." His projects have been featured in over 120 solo exhibitions.