Monday, October 25, 2010

Review: Althea's Window Box and the Land of Slumber by Jason Britsas

It is a bit of a paradox. When children, wrapped in a blanket of innocence, are the center of our universe, we have an opportunity as adults to convey to our beloved offspring that, as human beings, we are decidedly not the center of the universe.

Jason Leon Britsas sensitively conveys this lesson in his debut children's book, Althea's Window Box and the Land of Slumber. Althea, a young city girl, dreams that she journeys into the wilderness. Along the way, she encounters opportunities and challenges that require her to adapt to her new surroundings. "In this adventure of discovery," says Britsas, "Althea builds strength, courage, appreciation, character, and heart."

She also learns that while she is indeed part of the universe, there is so much more to discover that, until now, she had literally never dreamed of. Dreaming, as Britsas convincingly demonstrates, is one way Althea can access the many realities existing beyond her - and our own - daily reality.

"My story book celebrates the vast beauty that is available to us every single day.", comments Britsas. As a recent reader, H. Weldon, writes, "I loved your children's book! But, I put it to the real test and read it to my little three-year-old granddaughter Kayla. She listened intently (huge feat for a three-year-old), pointed at the pictures to make comments, and as soon as the story was over, she wanted to hear it all over again! A sure sign that the book was a hit!"

From press release

I absolutely love the meaning of this book.  It's a great way to encourage your child to explore all that life has to offer.  Plus, the pictures are breathtaking.  My nephew was so happy when I read him Althea's Window Box and the Land of Slumber.  Five stars!

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you make a purchase using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.

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