Sunday, April 30, 2017

Books For the Heart, Mind, and Soul : Summer Reading List #WisdomeTales

The school year is almost over, we have few more weeks left and the kids will be on break from school.  My husband  has  one week left with his  schooling  this semester and I can't wait till he finished all of the stuff that he need to do for his finals.  I can tell how stressed he is dealing with all of the projects and other requirements.  He still have one semester left before finishing his master's degree and I'll be glad when he graduate already.  Anyway, back to the summer break, it is important to keep the children busy when they are off from school so their  brain  are constantly engage  with  stuff.  Reading is one of the  activities that we do during summer. 
 I am happy  to have these great books from Wisdom Tales .  All of their books  are full of valuable life lessons and the illustrations are just beautiful.  We have a collection of some of their greatest books written by different  well-known authors and illustrators.  The Rock Maiden is  a beautiful story of  love, devotion, and faith of a wife whose husband was lost at sea during a storm.  It is a Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty written by Natasha Yim and illustrated by Pirkko Vainio.  
The Rock Maiden is a story based  on an old Chinese legend.  The real rock is called the Amah Rock, a natural rock formation shaped amazingly like a woman with a baby on her back.  The author wanted to have a happy  ending on this story so she re- envisioned  the story with a happy ending.  I won't spoil you with the details, you have to read it to  appreciate the whole story but I highly recommends it.  I am sure your children would love to read this book.  It is appropriate for children ages 4 and up.  You can buy it for $17.95 though the link I have provided above.  
The Princess and the Six Swans is another beautiful story as well.  It is a tale from the Brother's Grimm which is retold and illustrated by Kim Jacobs.  The story is about a young spirited  heroine Princess  named Sophie who carried the loyalty too far that her powerful  stepmother turned her  six brothers into swans.  She had the  task to save her  her brothers  from the spell that their  stepmom have cast on them.
I love the  complexity of the story, the twist and turn  will make you feel like you are watching a movie.  Children would absolutely love this  book as it has that magical fantasy that would surely captivate any kid's attention.  
I saved the best for last because this book  satisfies my curiosity and admiration about Native Americans.  I only see them in movies and wishes that I would know more about them so this book is  perfect.  It contains the Indian voices on nature,.  Sometimes I have to reread the  phrases to understand  the interconnectedness of all things.  It's amazing how the Indians relate things to nature.  It is fascinating to me.  
I love all the photos that were  inside  the book.   Joseph Bruchac did a wonderful job in  conveying   the messages.  I haven't finished reading this book but so far, I love  all the phrases  that Indian people used to  talk to nature.  If there is one thing I  would be given a chance to do, I would choose to live  in an Indian community to  fully understand their ways of living, it  is so interesting and  very unique.  
Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review. I was provided with the product/s mentioned to help me facilitate this review but opinions are my own.

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