Introduction: Important Life Lessons from Children’s Books
I cannot remember a time when I wasn’t reading books. But looking back to my childhood, I realize that many of the children’s books that I read are the Disney version. In the last two years, especially while I was on The Virtual Literary World Tour, I read the original version of some of those stories and you get an appreciation for Disney.
Have you read The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition, some of those stories will give you nightmares? But for me, I always like to return to the original sources. Additionally, in the past five years, I have read many children’s books that I didn’t have access to in Jamaica.
I gleaned many important life lessons from children’s books that I would like to share with you. It is also worth reading Hans Christian Andersen’s Complete Fairy Tales (Leather-bound Classics).
Review of The Little Engine That Could: I decided to review The Little Engine That Could (Little Letters Edition) by Watty Piper because it was one of 21 books that Ted Nicholas read that changed his life. The book is about a happy train that is loaded with toys of all kinds for children as well as some food stuff. Despite its small size, the little blue engine repeated the mantra “I think I can” over and over again and pulled the train over the mountain. This is a fantastic book that teaches us that persistence pays along with other important life lessons.
Life Lessons from Children’s Books: Review of Children’s Books I Have Enjoyed
10 Leadership Lessons from Watership Down: Although Watership Down: A Novel is found in the tweens section in the bookstore, I am not convinced that children of that age can process the information in the book. I consider this book to be a great book on leadership. In the story, humans are taking up more and more land, so the rabbits are forced to leave their warren. Fiver and his brother Hazel go to see the Chief Rabbit, Threarah meaning ‘Lord Rowan Tree begging him to evacuate the warren.
They fail to convince Threarah, but they persuade their friends Blackberry and Dandelion of the danger and ask them to try to persuade the other rabbits to join them as they take up the quest. A few rabbits go on this journey and Hazel is the unlikely leader, and we see for ourselves that leaders are made. As they overcome challenge after challenge, life lessons include – persistence pays, and to lead others, you must first lead yourself.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis: Children have a very vivid imagination and often dream big dreams, but as they grow older, they often lose it because society discourages that trait. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a very imaginative work from CS Lewis.
Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, the main characters, step through the wardrobe and into the world of Narnia. This is a part of the series, the Chronicles of Narnia. Never stop dreaming. In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 2), CS Lewis takes us out of our comfort zone and places us into the land of make believe.
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, a Book Review: This is another children’s book that teaches leadership lessons. In The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again, Bilbo starts out on the quest reluctantly with Gandalf and 13 dwarves – Balin, Dwalin, Kili, Fili, Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Thorin Oakenshield, the chief dwarf. Bilbo doesn’t want to go on any adventures, because to him, that isn’t the way of hobbits. This is the hero’s journey and Bilbo is the unlikely and reluctant hero initially. He steps up to the challenge when he is forced to solve his own problems.
When Was the Last Time You Read a Children’s Book?: The book focuses on Geronimo Stilton, the editor of the Rodent’s Gazette, Geronimo’s sister Thea, a special correspondent at the Rodent’s Gazette, their cousin Trap Stilton, owner of the store Cheap Junk for Less, and Geronimo’s favourite nephew, nine year old Benjamin Stilton. Thea Stilton finds a treasure map where an X is marked at Emerald Eye.
She convinces Geronimo to go with her on this treasure hunt. Geronimo, Thea and Trap embark on their treasure hunt sailing Lady Luck, and later on the journey find Benjamin who has stowed away on the ship. The story is about their preparation, the journey and the obstacles they encounter on the way. When you read the review of Geronimo Stilton #1: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye by Edizioni Piemme, you will learn some key life lessons to guide you.
Book Review: The Railway Children by E Nesbit: Though The Railway Children by E. Nesbit is a children’s book, it’s a perfect demonstration of why a safety net is so important. In the story, you have a father who is taken away, and we learn he is arrested for being a spy, which is a false accusation. The loss of income of the primary breadwinner forces the family into poverty. The Railway Children, a story of hope, teaches us that life is bigger than us and that the good we do comes back to us.
Charlotte’s Web by E B White, a Book Review: First published in 1952, Charlotte’s Web (Trophy Newbery) by E B White, also the author of Stuart Little, is a story about the cycle of life, love, friendship and loyalty Charlotte’s Web teaches us life lessons on relationships and how they work.
Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, a Book Review: Aladdin and the Magic Lamp is a timeless classic, old favorite that is worth the read. It teaches us not to give up on our dreams. Aladdin is given a magic lamp and he makes the most of it. Interestingly enough, there is a misconception that Aladdin had only three wishes, but in reality, he had as many wishes as he desired while in possession of the lamp.
Although you may have read Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, it’s worth reading again and you can do so in less than an hour. If you ever get the opportunity, read the version of Aladdin and the Lamp that is in The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights (Modern Library Classics), translated by Sir Richard Burton. Read the post to learn more.
The Three Questions by Leo Tolstoy – Retold by Jon J Muth: I read The Three Questions [Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy] nearly a year ago and it made an impression on me. The Three Questions [Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy] is a short story written by Leo Tolstoy. When Nikolai, a young boy, arrives at Leo’s place, he asks the turtle his three questions. The three questions are important questions that adults should ask themselves: When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one?
And, What is the right thing to do? Jon J Muth recommends that you read the original The Three Questions by Leo Tolstoy, so I did, and I can say that he has done an excellent job of retelling the story. A big life lesson is living in the here and now – the importance of mindfulness.
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Charlotte’s WebThe Railway Children Grimm’s Fairy Tales Anderson’s Fairy Tales By Watty Piper The Little Engine That Could Watership Down: A NovelGeronimo Stilton #1: Lost Treasure of the Emerald EyeThe Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy ClassicThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
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Conclusion: Important Life Lessons from Children’s Books
When was the last time you read a children’s book? Do you think there are life lessons from children’s books?
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