Sunday, March 05, 2017
Because Amelia Smiled - A Book Review
Because Amelia Smiled, by David Ezra Stein, is a lovely picture book for all ages, yes, adults included.
This picture book gently exposes children to different cultures while also bringing home the beauty of the ripple effect, that Amelia's smile indirectly affects so many people in so many places in so many different ways.
Although Amelia was running down the street holding hands with her parents, the theme of the book made me think of a disabled person who, in the eyes of the world, might not seem able to give very much, but who, in reality, brings beauty and joy to the world with a smile. Or, on the other side of that coin, I know a few adults who are not physically disabled but sometimes cannot muster a smile, yet who give a kind word or help someone in need in whatever ways they can. And so it goes with each person's contributions.
The positive contributions of one individual to our world are greater than we can measure or know, and I think this book beautifully reinforces this concept.