For those who have been concerned about conservation, climate change, or any aspect of caring for the earth ... I am happy, so happy to share Hope for our World. In fact, if I could give one thing while I'm on the planet (besides having brought my kids here), it would be this, Hope for our World.
Description update, on Amazon now: Are you like the mother and grandmother whose children were worried for our planet, from as far round the globe as the Oregon Coast, USA and New Zealand ... until they were given this book? If, like them, you or your kids have been concerned about climate change, conservation, or any aspect of caring for the earth, imagine the relief of owning "Hope for our World."
At the surface readers experience “a lovely story” in Earth-Sister-of-the-Skye’s walkabout. Going deeper: examine Earth-Skye’s findings of hope, contrast those with your own assumptions of late. (That’s the “owning” part; finding hope is an inside job.) Attention activates what we want more of (or what we don’t want) and can effect great and positive change. We have a choice, of where we give our attention. Kids know this. Adults are getting it.
What sets "Hope for our World" apart is the focus on believing. (Yes, belief makes it so.) Try “Hope for our World” with children. Give “Hope for our World” to old friends, to activists, to colleagues, to inspired teachers. Even to grump-pots as there's always some small crack in the armor. Everybody at heart wants to feel better. Share “Hope for our World.” Watch what happens when we focus together on all becoming well again. It’s time.
Endorsement: I'm thrilled that an endorsement I'd received some time back from internationally recognized author, speaker, and kind realist Richard Heinberg has just surfaced: "We all need Hope for the World! This book offers a simple and timeless message that is accessible to young children, but relevant just as much to adults: we must begin once again to see ourselves as members of the community of Nature. This book does what more dreary statistics can never do: help us imagine a different way of being, one that is in touch with the world around us. " Richard Heinberg
From musician Steve Montana: Dear Sandy, I go into an expanded state of peace within seconds of reading your book. You may be familiar with Thich Nhat Hanh's phrase "InterAre". It indicates that truthful paradigm of all things being One and in relationship. Such as the flower/sky inter-are via the rain and sun which of course inter-are as we are inter-are....ad infinitum. Peace to you today. Thanks, and to you.
Review on Amazon.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Reassuring story with charming illustrations March 8, 2013 By J. Reich Format:Paperback|Amazon Verified Purchase I just finished reading "Hope for Our World". I enjoyed the story and was left with a very positive and hopeful feeling when I finished. So many stories in the news today leave children frightened about their future in this world. Both my grandchildren were worried that the Mayan calendar was predicting the end of the world, for example. This book begins with a young person's search for answers concerning the future of our planet. The Earth, the elements and animals all reassure the seeker that though everyone needs to continue to work together to care for our planet, many are working to improve our environment and that things are getting better. The young seeker makes it her life's work to be a good steward of the planet.
To "get" the otters, you'd have to accept: they came on their own, in the book's final burst into being. Or just enjoy them, as children do, straight up.
If you were Earth-Skye, carrying the weight of the world for years, wouldn't you too be glad to find otters, mischievous, tickling you into interest in letting go? Wouldn't their going with their current appeal though!
Thanks for telling your friends, your enemies ~ hee hee ~ (I don't have any enemies; I hope you have the relief of none too), your neighbors, your cousins you haven't seen in three decades, especially those who've fought long and hard for our earth. Heck, thanks for sending to anyone you're moved to share the book with. If you feel you can't afford a copy, do get in touch. And thanks for emailing this link http://www.esandypowell.com round the globe, if you want. And send translators my way if you will! Great-o for us, with hope for our world!