It’s Sunday and believe it not it is a very rainy but very warm day here in the midwestern US. I actually love rainy Sundays because it means day to curl up with a good book and read and that makes me super happy. That sounds simple enough, right? Which is exactly what Aya and Papya Find Happiness is all about – finding what makes you happy!
Aya and Papya Find Happiness is a darling children’s book written and illustrated especially for the pre-reader otherwise known as pre-school aged child. Aya is a young girl who has woken up to discover that she is unhappy and no matter where she looks, she simply can not find where her happiness has gone. After searching high and low, everywhere possible, she discovers that her happiness was inside herself all along. It’s a simple story but one with a lesson that is very important to teach young ones: others cannot make or influence your emotions, only you can do that. As adults so often we teach children that other people make them happy or sad or angry or mad, then as adults we have to “unlearn” that behavior. This book helps children learn an important life lesson correctly from the beginning. Yes, of course, there are times when a child will feel sad, depressed, lonely or angry and those are legitimate feelings as well. But sometimes, kids are grumpy and books like Aya and Papaya helps them learn to self-comfort, a good tool for life.
In addition to teachable moments, I also look for good illustrations in children’s books. There is no point in writing a book for kids if you are not going to illustrate it properly. I recently purchased a book that had amazing line drawings but every picture was in stark black and white. For the ages for which it was intended, that was not acceptable. Children need and want colorful, well expressed illustrations and this book is filled with them from beginning to end. As you might have guessed from the title, there is a multi-cultural theme to the book – also a wonderful reason to include it into your children’s home library. Glowing stars all around for this beautifully told, wonderfully illustrated book.
Thank you to #Netgalley and @Matadorbooks for my copy of #AyaandPapayaFindHappiness on sale now at Amazon.