These seven didactic multicultural tales, inspired by Deepak Chopra’s Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents, take the place of Bible stories for children raised by New-Age seekers.
In a series of brief adventures, children from diverse ethnic backgrounds learn a variety of life lessons: â€œdon’t say no–go with the flow”; â€œwhen you make a choice, you change the future”; â€œyou are here for a reason.” In one story, Dakota, whose mother calls him â€œLittle Brave,” befriends the tough new kid at school. In another, Diego, whose mother calls him â€œhijito,” perseveres and learns basketball while befriending a deaf man in his neighborhood. The other stories follow a similar pattern of combining a moral with a simple ethnic marker: Suki eats mochi and is kind to a shy girl, Hannah eats matzo balls and makes sandwiches for the homeless, Tara speaks Hindi and prepares to climb mountains. The illustrations are a mixed bag. Poorly proportioned portraits of the children are awkwardly distracting, but page decorations of marbles, leaves and landscapes are evocative of the stories’ moods. A helpful glossary includes such words as â€œBubby,” â€œMaidela,” â€œNamaste” and â€œZayde.”
For parents who want to re-create the classic unsubtlety of illustrated religious parables in Chopra’s holistic philosophy. (Picture book. 4-8)