LIFE, a new children’s book from Cynthia Rylant, gave me a feeling of tranquility and hopefulness like I have not found in any recent books. I am including books written for adults and for children during the last few years. Often, we overlook children’s books as being simplistic and not laden with strong content. Life is a different type book… indeed, it is a book that can be the catalyst to acquiring a wider viewpoint of our world. I am thinking that we surely need a stronger outlook in every aspect of our lives.
To find strength and resilience through the adverse times we all sometimes face.
To find freedom through appreciation of the wonders of nature that surround us.
In the harsh rhetoric of discord that we hear in our own lives or through the media, our nerves easily become jangled and discordant. LIFE by Cynthia Rylant offers us the opportunity to find a sense of beauty in the world around us and to also recognize that we are not alone in our concerns.
We all struggle. Sadly, we do not all look for the glass half full. Why settle for the glass half empty?
Simon & Schuster published LIFE and wrote the following review…
Written by: Cynthia Rylant
Illustrated by: Brendan Wenzel
“Cynthia Rylant and Brendan Wenzel explore the beauty and tenacity of life. There are so many wonderful things about life, both in good times and in times of struggle. Through the eyes of the world’s animals–including elephants, monkeys, whales and more–Cynthia Rylant offers a moving meditation on finding beauty around us every day and finding strength in adversity. Brendan Wenzel’s stunning landscapes and engaging creatures make this an inspiring and intriguing gift for readers of all ages.”