The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore…

There is no friend as loyal as a book. This sweet story of Mr Morris Lessmore and his fantastic flying books conveys this simple message via bright and engaging illustrations. There is a lot of depth to this story that the young readers may not be able to comprehend, but the story and illustrations were still quite engaging for all three of my kids, despite the 6 year age gap between my daughter and my boys.

As a book lover, I really appreciated all the depth in this book. People come and go, situations keep changing, the world keeps moving and changing constantly. But my books and the stories inside them, they will remain with me forever, in my heart. People will disappoint me eventually, but my books will never disappoint me. They are always there with me, by my side, no matter what situation I am in. I will carry them with me forever, from this world into another. Simply beautiful! The ending, where a little girl finds Morris’s books and starts reading them was heart warming. My books are my legacy, to my children and to the world. Last but not the least, the image of a woman flying in the sky with a bunch of books in her hand – oh, so beautiful and powerful! .

This is a great read-aloud with young children. It’s a book that the whole family can enjoy reading together. It’s definitely a book lover’s dream. There is an award winning short film about this story on YouTube that I am planning to watch soon with my family.

Random Thoughts…

“Stay away from people who can’t take responsibility for their actions and who make you feel bad for being angry at them when they do you wrong” – Anonymous

This makes a lot of sense to me and hopefully to my kids too, when they are able to fully comprehend the meaning behind it. I happened to read these powerful words somewhere recently and they resonated with me deeply.

What if an entire culture and society expects a certain segment of population (women and children in general), who are at the lower end of the hierarchy, to do just the opposite, and grin and bear the abuse, as if nothing happened? THIS is how patriarchy and authoritative parenting work. Even the most educated adults, who had the opportunity to see and experience the world, subscribe to these norms, just because it’s easy and convenient for them. It’s time to break these norms. It’s time to stop this cycle of abuse from being passed on to future generations. I am saying ‘No More’ and I don’t care anymore who gets upset with my stance.

Humanity over culture. Always. Respect, love and acceptance. Always. No matter who I am dealing with, an adult or a child. These are my core values and I am sticking to them, no matter what. These are the values that I hope to pass on to my kids also.

What do you do with an idea?

What do you do with an idea? You give it your time and attention. You nurture it. You let your imagination fly, which would help shape up the idea. You may feel insecure about sharing your idea with others during its early stages. Your insecurities may even be confirmed by others’ inappropriate reactions to your idea. But you still choose not to give up because it’s YOUR idea, what do others know about it? You play with it. You carry it with you everywhere you go. You let it tickle you throughout the day. You make room for it on your bed. Until one day, something magical happens. Your idea unleashes itself into the world on its own and you soar with it for sometime. Then you stand back and watch as your idea changes the world around you.

What an amazing book! It’s a children’s book with a great message for adults also. The idea of depicting an idea as a bright orange object with legs is very, very clever. The illustrations are also engaging and clever. Especially, the illustrations in the last couple of pages where the idea unleashes itself into the world and the world suddenly becomes more colorful were simply superb. This book is a great conversation starter to discuss some big concepts with little kids in an age appropriate manner. As a creative adult and a mother who is inclined to raise creative kids, I absolutely love this book!.

What makes this even more special is the fact that we own this book and I took it out many times already just to read it to myself, let alone reading to the kids. I bought this book using a gift card that the boys received for their birthday. On that note, I love gift cards because they give me permission to make a trip to the bookstore, spend hours there leisurely browsing through the books and actually buy some books without feeling guilty about spending more of my money on books and without having to worry about the same books being available at lower prices online.