“A touching tale of understanding and friendship . . . The message of education as a vehicle for progress and dismantling hatred is one that will strike a chord with readers.” — Kirkus Reviews
"A book to be read over and over for its intriguing story, illustrations, and captions." —School Library Journal, starred review
You know who could use a little loving-kindness these days? You, and you, and me, and all the little kids trying to make sense of the world with the rest of us.
Leave it to Deborah Underwood.
When I sent Deborah's latest picture book text to Laura Godwin of Godwin Books at Holt/Macmillan, she said, "It's tonglen. What could be better than that." "Tonglen" was a new word for me, but when I looked it up, she was exactly right (of course). Tonglen is a meditation practice for cultivating love and compassion.
In this text, Deborah places readers in the context of family, community, and the greater world, and meditatively embraces the flaws, the hopes, and the connections of all. With Tim Hopgood illustrating, it will be even more gorgeous. Watch for this one in winter 2021!