After following paths and signs determined by others, a young boy finally realizes that he must find his own individual way in life.
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Peter Reynolds' passion to help children began at age twelve when he volunteered at a special needs camp. There he saw the profound power in truly understanding the unique gifts and abilities of every child.
His professional career includes more than a decade at Tom Snyder Productions, one of the country's leading educational software developers. As VP and Creative Director, Peter visited classrooms across the country and the world, helping educators and parents. Together, they explored how technology, media and storytelling can be used to make learning and teaching easier and more rewarding.
He has helped produce dozens of award-winning videos and software programs designed as alternative ways to help children learn. Some of his many awards include Media and Methods Excellence in Education Award, Parenting Magazine Award and Parents' Choice Award.
Peter's mission is to help others on their journeys of personal discovery. He has combined his keen observations of the classroom with his writing, illustration and animation to "create stories that matter." Currently living in Dedham, Massachusetts, Peter also enjoys teaching his eleven-year-old daughter Sarah the magical art of storytelling.From School Library Journal:
Grade 2–4—This well-meaning and thoughtful book showcases charming ink and watercolor illustrations; it is also somewhat derivative. The narrative opens, "A sweet breeze met the boy as he awoke to his journey. He traveled on all fours for quite some time...and he grew. And he paused." These lines are very soothing and accompanied by pictures that show a baby staring out from under a tree, crawling through some grass, and sitting cross-legged meditatively. Then the lengthy story meanders as the boy follows a rabbit down a path, wonders about a leaf and the stars, and meets a cat who advises him to start his journey so he won't "be left behind." The child replies, "Oh, but I have been on a journey...I've seen many wonderful things. Some I understand, and some I don't...like how that leaf floats on the water." The child continues his travels, meeting other animals who give advice and make pronouncements about the journey of life, a frog concluding that he is content to stay in his bog where he swam as a tadpole and grew into an adult. These philosophical musings, while simply stated, are unlikely to find a wide audience.—Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA
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