Jan 31, 2011

Good Read - A Walk in the Rain with a Brain

If you read my novel article for Working Mom, you'd know that I don't exactly break into a song and dance with cartwheels when people ask me how each boy measures up to the other. Who's smarter. Who's quicker. Who's better. It.. well... bugs me. It really does. My personal favorite? Middle-aged lady bending over to be eye level with Mak and Tato (for extra impact I guess?): "Soooooo.. which one of you is the good one and which one is the bad one?" Oh, wait. I think that deserved a cartwheel. Maybe even a song and a dance.

Which is why I love Edward Hallowell's children's book: A Walk in the Rain with a Brain. Dr. Hallowell, teacher, psychiatrist and advocate for children with attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder writes: I originally wrote this book for my three young children. I wanted to teach them a wonderfully liberating truth: no brain is the best. It is crucial that children do not start believing an insidious myth most people throughout history grew up believing: that only a few people are "smart". That belief has held far, far more people back than lack of brainpower ever did.

The story line is a bit odd but the message is unbelievably powerful. Lucy, a little girl, walks outside on a rainy day and spots Manfred, a brain. As they wander about looking for his head (I warned you didn't I?) she asks him to help her become smart. Fred said with a start, "Everyone's smart! You just need to find out at what!"

There's more! There's more!

No brain is the same, no brain is the best. Each brain finds its own special way.

You can slide, you can read, you can run - whatever you do make it fun!

We're all smart inside.
And no brain should hide!
What we each need to do,
As we grow, me and you,
Is try all that we possibly can.

This one's a keeper.


tashie's mommy said...

Like!!! :)

Nana said...

Tashie's Mommy, it was like at first sight for me too.
One of the gems we found under our Christmas tree during the holidays

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ChichaJo said...

Sounds like a great book! I'm collecting books for Carmen already...I'll look for this one! Thanks for sharing this :)

Nana said...

Jo, building up Carmen's library ( with kiddie cookbooks I'm sure) will be so much fun.

Barni said...

Perfect book for every grown up in the business of growing little humans.

Nona said...

Ayaw yan ni Tiger Mom! : )

Nana said...

Barn, it is!

Nona, let's send copies to her cubs. Though am sure serious irreversible damage has been done na!