Our book of the week is...
by Sharon Dennis Wyeth (Author), Chris K. Soentpiet (Illustrator)
Not every child's living conditions are as pristine as the image many of us hold as "the American Dream." Not every home has a beautiful landscape with animal-shaped bushes lining the driveway up the hill from the gated entrance to the arched car park. Some people's homes are not as...beautiful as we probably all dream of, as the little girl in this book describes. But, what if there's "something beautiful" YOU can do to make a difference?
Most times our personal perspectives on any subject is clouded, altered, controlled based on our experience on the subject at hand. So, when her teacher asked her class to describe "something beautiful," this young lady had to ponder, reconsider, find things that ARE beautiful. No matter how we view situations and conditions, there is almost always SOMETHING we can call "beautiful." It truly is a matter of perspective.
We love this book because the author did a great job of it taking us into a unique story, one from the perspective of a little lady growing up in "tougher" yet common, American situations. Despite the her initial viewpoint, she is challenged to view her world from a new angle, and encouraged to see things from a whole new light. She shares her findings with her audience, up-close and personal. The illustrator also does a splendid job of beautifully rendering various characters in a wonderfully natural, gentle, warm and personal tone.
Add "Something Beautiful" to your reading list ASAP! You'll enjoy so many aspects of this book until you'll be glad you took our advice. Just the cover alone, with the cute little girl smiling invitingly back at you makes you immediately want to find out what she has to share with us!
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Contributors of the ArtEase! family thoroughly enjoy reading, story time, story telling, creating children's stories, and illustrating stories, especially children's books. There's a boundless world of great reads that we continue to explore, one book at a time.