SEVEN STORIES TO LIVE BY by Lora; Illus. by Hannah Shaffer Ann


Age Range: 4 - 8
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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: “don’t say no–go with the flow”; “when you make a choice, you change the future”; “you are here for a reason.” In one story, Dakota, whose mother calls him “Little Brave,” befriends the tough new kid at school. In another, Diego, whose mother calls him “hijito,” 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 “Bubby,” “Maidela,” “Namaste” and “Zayde.”

For parents who want to re-create the classic unsubtlety of illustrated religious parables in Chopra’s holistic philosophy. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-9764724-0-6
Program: Kirkus Indie
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