You know that staggering mirror moment when your toddler dishes back to you something sassy that you have said to them in a moment that was not your proudest? And you can do no more than stare back aghast or collapse in splits because you know that WAS the precise tone you used? They soak up everything, little sponges, which is simultaneously annoying and empowering. It is like looking at a mini-me, grr. But all that soakiness, that stuff can be great because we have the power, as caregivers, to shape awareness through modelling alone.
We. Are. Doomed. I mean us, humans, and all other creatures fortunate enough to still be here with us. The planet will go on. It is going to be just fine. But we are not. If we are to have any chance of saving ourselves on this planet we need to empower and inspire the next generation to do better. We HAVE to do better. And as far as kids are concerned, this isn’t actually that hard because, well, sponges, remember? There are many things we have consciously adopted into our lives so as to pass on to our little one a sense of consciousness, motivation and urgency about our environment. One tool in this journey has been books.
There are some super-awesome books we have read and I want to share a few of those but because there are so many, I am going to split this up into singles and pairs over a series of posts.
Bee & Me is a wordless picture book published in 2016 and touches on the sorry predicament of bee populations around the world. A little girl encounters a bee in her room and nearly swats it to death out of fear. She puts a cup over it instead, reads up on how to care for bees, makes her version of nectar and helps the bee recover. The bee recuperates, quickly grows to a humongous size and thus begins a wonderful friendship.
What I really loved about this book was the wordlessness. It has made the book (and therefore, the topic) accessible to a variety of age groups. Kids are free to make up their versions and there is a lot of opportunity for discussion. Alongside the message of conservation are others of empathy, friendship and hope. The illustrations (no expert here, but look like oil maybe?) are exquisite, soft and rich, and messages, inspiring. This definitely gave me warm fuzzies and made me think, I can be a pollinator too!
Can’t wait to share the next one in our pile!