Gravity: A Child’s Search for Meaning

Gravity: A Child’s Search for Meaning, written by Danny Ling  and illustrated by Elettra Cudignotto

We may come and go one day, but the cradle that contains all of us, will remain.

Young David sits under an apple tree wondering what life is all about, when the wise Mr. Watzu stops by to give him a lesson in meaning. A basket of apples provides the content for the lesson that there is something eternal lurking behind this show of living and dying.

Nicely illustrated in black and white line drawings which gain more color as the story advances, the 44 pages of Danny Ling’s Gravity culminates with a clear message that we are free to compose whatever meaning we want for our life. The child’s search for meaning is answered. Recommended for ages 8 to 18.

Kindness: Buddhist ideals for kids

Kindness: A Treasury of Buddhist Wisdom for Children and Parents by Sarah Conover and Valerie Wahl.

Traditional Buddhist tales shortened a bit for children. In the “Monkey King,” for example, a palace monkey is returned to the wild where he illustrates the selfish and unkind ways of men. Recommended for ages 9-12. Vocabulary is a bit heavy, so definitely one to read together.

Ben and the Dragon

Ben and the Dragon by David Weimer:

ben and the dragonCourage, love, famly, wonder—the elements of great story thrive in Weimer’s world of Ben and the Dragon. Contemporary, yet timeless, this story of a boy and a dragon who change places for a day will leave you listening for the haunting whispers of eternal perfection that weave amongst the words… and your kids might enjoy it, too! Lovingly illlustrated by Andrée Weimer.