安的种子 is a story about the wisdom in having patience, a wisdom that deals with observing nature, respecting it, and following the laws of nature.
An old monk gives seeds to 3 young monks. The first young monk is impatient and eager to reap his harvest. He plants his seed in the snow in the middle of winter. As expected, his seed does not grow. The second young monk demonstrates a little more understanding, as he does his research on what a plant needs to survive before doing his best human efforts to plant the seed. But he too fails because he does not respect the laws of nature. The third young monk is neither in a hurry nor impatient. He patiently waits for the seasons to change, while continuing his daily duties and responsibilities. When spring arrives and the air is warm and the water in the pond has melted, he plants the seed in the corner of the pond. In summer, he finally enjoys the beauty of his hard work and patience, and the most beautiful lotus plant blossoms.
Recommended for Ages: 2-9
Language: Simplified Chinese
Good simple book on patience and the passing of time