Friday, May 6, 2011
Book Review: Walking With Sophie
Author: Adam Webb
Lazy River Books
From the back of the book: Take your child on a special journey, with an enchanting girl. Explore the magic of childhood memories and the imagination that captures each precious moment. Tiptoe into Sophie's world once. Keep her in your heart forever.
My view: This book is just what it says it is...enchanting. But it is so much more. The reader follows Sophie to all her favorite places and you sense the importance of everyday quality time spent with a child. It is not until the end that the reader understands that Sophie is in spirit and what a wonderful way to ease the pain of the loss of a child.
This story is written with simple words and on the surface it has a simple concept following a child to all her favorite places. The after affect and take away value of this story is enormous. Any adult reading the story with their child will come away with a renewed sense of the importance of everyday things and the quality time your child deserves. The story is a gentle reminder that you only have today, not sure of tomorrow, and to make every moment memorable.
This enchanting story also can be used as a stepping stone to open conversations about life after death. The story is so warm, loving, and enchanting that it erases the negativity associated with talking about death. As a nurse who has cared for children who are terminal, this book would be such a blessing for both parent and child going through this trial.
I give the book 5 stars. This book is a must have for anyone who collects children's books. I can only hope that author, Adam Webb, will be writing more of these enchanting books about meaningful life experiences for children.