Taking time to listen to a bird’s song on the breeze. Taking time to gather up the blossom dancing free. Taking time to imagine the deep sounds of the sea. Taking time to cherish you . . . and cherish me.
This poem is inspired by principles of mindfulness and invites children around the world to experience the wonders of nature and home.
"Children around the globe marvel at the simple, stunning beauty encountered in moments of everyday life. Author/illustrator Loring-Fisher has created something truly special with this picture book. Each double-page spread includes one line of text and a stunning mixed-media illustration. The illustrations are deeply saturated with color and respectful in their inclusive representations of multicultural children and the cultures, landscapes, and living creatures that make up their sensory worlds. The text on adjacent spreads form couplets, creating a read-aloud experience that is pleasing for both reader and listeners: 'Taking time to listen to a bird's song on the breeze. / Taking time to gather up the blossom dancing free.' The final spread shows all of the children sharing their wonderings, playing peacefully together in a beautiful green space. This image and the closing line, 'Taking time to cherish you, and also cherish me, ' provide a hopeful close to the book's celebration of the natural, spontaneous mindfulness of children. The endpapers extend the options for interactivity by encouraging readers to match small details from the illustrations with each child's home, including Alaska, Ecuador, the U.K., Norway, Russia, Egypt, Tanzania, India, Nepal, China, and Japan. Adults will benefit every bit as much as young readers (if not more!) from these reminders to pause and notice. A must-have for anyone sharing books with young children--simply exquisite."--starred, Kirkus Reviews --Journal "Mixed-media illustrations offer a soft focus view of children in multiple environs around the world. In specific landscapes, each child is shown doing something different. One child delicately smiles and snuggles a husky dog in the snow, while another gazes at a flock of jungle parrots. One child rides a camel; another one watches women in ankle-length dresses fish with nets at the shore. Each page provides one sentence that begins 'Taking time to, ' and the final celebration page is filled with all the children under a blossoming tree, taking time to 'cherish you, and also cherish me.' VERDICT The story celebrates the virtues of various places. Teachers can encourage students to describe specific things that bring them joy."--School Library Journal --Journal
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