The book shares a way of life, full of awareness and compassion, that has helped the narrator see things differently.
October is quiet and does not volunteer her philosophy about life, but she freely shares how she sees and experiences the world when asked. The narrator, perhaps October’s friend or older sister, introduces readers to young October’s way of being. Amid rushed daily routines, random moods, bad weather, and unpleasant happenings, October remains calm, pleasant, and full of purpose. She reads books because they help her “see farther.” She writes to “speak loudly.” She keeps the memory of a shell she liked but leaves the shell itself where it belongs on the shore. She takes the time to play with dandelions and enjoy simple things around her. And with full presence in the moment, she rejoices in “touching the world.” Digitally finished painted illustrations emphasize the pleasant character of the world October sees, perhaps with a touch of magic, against gloomier surroundings. Eventually, exploring the secrets behind the happiness of the young girl helps the narrator feel happier about her bad day. Both girls have light skin; October sports brown pigtails and the narrator, tight, purple curls.
Mohammed and Tripke’s engaging debut book invites a conscious and compassionate interaction with people and the environment around us while celebrating the poetry of everyday life. (Picture book. 5-8)