Monday, November 21, 2011

"The Brightest" - A book review

Universality is a concept although widely accepted today has been revolutionary back then.

One of the more major barriers identified has been language.

We are lucky today that language is not as much a barrier now with the technologies that have proliferated the global world assisted by the internet age.

Still, despite these developments, it is a bit disconcerting to have to learn that misunderstanding and confusion leading to the path of war and hate remains.

It is with these thoughts that I believe we hang on to the basics so as not to lose track of the path of good that leads to "home".

This book, "Brightest" captured my attention through its simplicity as it narrates a very familiar storyline of overcoming adversity through just visuals.

In an age where whoever manages to shout the loudest gets immediate attention, this book is refreshing for its  idea that often it is the most quite that actually reaches hearts.That sometimes it is only through  silence that we are allowed  to see the brightest star.

Kids, teenagers of this generation prefer to lock themselves up against what they perceive as the "noise" of the world to a point that sometimes they exclude their own parents.

But in a generation where "visuals" are out in high regard, graphics and illustration seem to be the best way to teach them universal concepts and virtues.

This is exactly what "Brightest" do. It is said that a picture speaks a thousand words.If that is the case then this book of a few beautifully illustrated pages speak volumes.

It is a book I will give a child that has been deafened by the words of today's indiscriminate media to ensure he doesn't lose sight of what's important.

I imagine a child of 3 or 4 raised in the US sharing this book with a foreigner child who does not know English and still have that instant connection.

I highly recommend this children's book to parents and child educators to reiterate concepts of friendship, self-determination, perseverance and Divine guidance.

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