With the Christmas season swiftly approaching, this picture book with a poem written by Maya Angelou for the 2005 White House treelighting ceremony beWith the Christmas season swiftly approaching, this picture book with a poem written by Maya Angelou for the 2005 White House treelighting ceremony beautifully prepares our hearts for this season of hope & peace. The book comes with a CD that you can listen to Angelou read the poem as you enjoy the illustrations so well done by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. Angelou writes "Into this climate of fear and apprehension, Christmas enters, Streaming lights of joy, ringing bells of hope And singing carols of forgiveness high up in the bright air." "Hope spreads around the earth, brightening all things." "It is Christmas time, a halting of hate time. On this platform of peace, we can create a language To translate ourselves to ourselves and to each other." May we all follow Angelou's advice this Christmas as she says, "We look at each other, then into ourselves, And we say without shyness or apology or hesitation: Peace, My Brother. Peace, My Sister. Peace. My Soul."...more
Touching story set during the 1930’s when Japan was invading China about a girl who is born in extreme poverty in the hillside on a fish farm, and herTouching story set during the 1930’s when Japan was invading China about a girl who is born in extreme poverty in the hillside on a fish farm, and her parents sell her to a silk factory to provide for the family. One day her father of few words takes her on a trip & just leaves her at a silk factory with no explanation. Pei couldn’t understand why she was taken away from her home & her mother, father & two sisters and wonders what she did wrong. Over the years Pei learns the value of hard work & forms friendships that become her new family. Many of the girls & wives at the factory are visited by family, but Pei never hears from hers. Her best friend comes in the form of a girl named Lin who chose to come to help her once wealthy family get back on its feet after the murder of her politician father. Women of the Silk is heartbreaking at times, but a story of great friendships, surviving through adversity & war times. It is also a story of hope leaving you at the end wanting more. I enjoy reading fictional novels that include historical background & the author certainly did her research about the women silk workers who she considers early Chinese feminists who earned their own livings. Chinese traditions like the Ghost Festival, arranged marriages, hairdressing ceremonies, and the legend of Kuan Yin are brought to light, and the impact of the conflict between Japan & China on its people and economy. I look forward to reading the sequel of this novel, The Language of Threads.
Quote from beginning of novel: “Wind, light and time ever revolve; Let us then enjoy life as best we can.” --Tu Fu, “The Winding River”
I also liked her dedication page: To My Mother, who taught me to embrace the past....more
The Precious Present was a lovely little book that reminds me to concentrate on living in the present & not to focus on the past or the future tooThe Precious Present was a lovely little book that reminds me to concentrate on living in the present & not to focus on the past or the future too much. I would recommend it to anyone who might need a gentle reminder not to dwell on the past or worry too much about the future....more