For the soft launch of the Virtual Literary World Tour I indicated that I will start off with themes as I work on the technology piece of the Tour. Today I will be talking about children’s books and what they can teach us. It’s interesting that there are several children’s books that keep appearing on the lists of must-read books. Some of the children’s books I have read for Virtual Literary World Tour, I hadn’t heard about them prior to this endeavor, and I am really glad that I did.
Although Winnie-the-Pooh is a staple on the must-read lists, I did not enjoy it, but I can see how children would find it endearing. I liked the choose your own adventure stories and am happy that I read them, but I wouldn’t read anymore because I find the going back and forth – as you see what impact a different decision will have – too draining. Overall the children’s books pack a big punch when it comes to lessons learned.
Tomorrow I will present the summaries of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Pippi Longstocking, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang, Winnie-the-Pooh, (The Abominable Snowman/Journey Under the Sea/Space and Beyond/The Lost Jewels of Nabooti/Mystery of the Maya/House of Danger (Choose Your Own Adventure 1-6) (Box Set 1), and The Little Prince. Through these books, we are taken to the United Kingdom, Sweden, Canada, the United States and France. There are other books written by authors from these countries that are on the Virtual Literary World Tour, so I will talk about the countries then. I have extracted some lessons on what children’s books can teach us based on my experience reading.
What Children’s Books Can Teach You
- Resilience: As adults we need to learn to pick ourselves up when life knocks us down. Many children’s books can teach you that.
- Move through the fear: There are many times when we are scared to do something that’s important because it’s unfamiliar. Experiencing fear is natural, but allowing it to cripple us is not. Children have an abundance of energy and they are unstoppable, we can learn from them.
- You can do more than you think you can: We set artificial limitations on ourselves so we learn to believe that there are limits to what we can accomplish, and that threshold is too low.
- Embrace differences: Pippi Longstocking gives each of us permission to celebrate the differences in ourselves, whether or not the majority agrees with what we are doing.
- Nothing lasts forever, not even our troubles: I was reminded of this lesson while I was reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
- Focus on the things that really matter: As adults we are constantly busy, but busy with unimportant stuff. We often lose sight of the things that really matter in life.
The fascinating thing about the Virtual Literary World Tour is that I am being introduced to many books and cultures. And by way of this blog, you too will be introduced to a variety of books and cultures. At the end of the tour, using my analysis skills, I will attempt to pull together the overall major themes that emerged from reading all the books. When people hear about what I am doing to heal my broken heart, they are fascinated, and the main thing they are interested in learning, is the major lessons that I can pass on to others. I cannot adequately answer this question yet since I am reading until the end of May.
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- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
- Pippi Longstocking (Puffin Modern Classics)
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang,
- Winnie-the-Pooh (Pooh’s Library: Winnie-The-Pooh, The House At Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young, Now We Are Six (Pooh Original Edition))
- (The Abominable Snowman/Journey Under the Sea/Space and Beyond/The Lost Jewels of Nabooti/Mystery of the Maya/House of Danger (Choose Your Own Adventure 1-6) (Box Set 1),
- The Little Prince
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