THERE IS A FLOWER AT THE TIP OF MY NOSE SMELLING ME by Alice Walker, illustrated by Stefano Vitale (HarperCollins)
There is a Zen koan that asks the question, "is flag moving, or is mind moving?" In this book, mind is definitely moving! "There is a road/At the bottom/Of my/Foot/Walking me." "There is a song/Deep in/My body/Singing/Me." "There is a story/At the end/Of my arms/Telling/Me!" Everything is part of us and we are part of everything, reciprocating the energy it takes to make it all so wonderful. Though I am sometimes suspect of flights taken by adult authors who make forays into children's book, Walker's language really does sprout wings. She calls this book a thank-you note, and indeed it sings with gratitude, inspiration, and a joyfulness that is at the heart of every child. Vitale's illustrations don't do any harm, either; he managed to capture all of the colors of every beautiful sunset you have ever seen and rest them on these pages. Write your own thank-you's, Walker style. There's a book in your eye reading you! (3 and up and up and up)
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