When I was young if you needed to find me you would find me doing one of two things; I would be reading a book somewhere completely lost in the magic that filled it’s pages or I would be writing. I remember the first time I ever got pocket money; most children would have bought sweets or a comic, I went to the bookstore and bought a Dictionary/Thesaurus all in one! I was thrilled!!! I loved words and in my mind they loved me. I loved how they filled the page and could magic you into their story as you followed their trail from start to end.
As I grew up I realized that most of my friends didn’t read that much and very few wrote personal pieces if at all. By the time I was a teenager I had stopped writing stories, poems and personal pieces. I felt sort of embarrassed that all the stories and tales that filled my head were silly and I was making a fool of myself as no one else was doing what I was doing so I put away my Books and my writing journals.
All the stories and ideas that I had went away as I was too busy trying to be like all my friends and not be uncool because I liked to read and write. I always feel sorry that I didn’t keep it up as it would be almost 15 years before I would take it up again properly and in the most public way here on my Blog.
That Little Voice I had as a child vanquished when I chose to ignore it and for that I am sorry as I have never felt more alive and certain then when I am writing.
Hailey has a real artistic streak; she amazes me with the beautiful pieces she creates in her room for her brothers and for us. I always encourage her and tell her how beautiful her work is, that I am so proud of her. I display all her lovely Art around the house and I see a huge smile broaden on her sweet face when I do. It reminds me of the me years ago when I was small and my parents would sit in the “Audience” while I read them one of my newest stories (they could have been bored to tears I won’t ever know as they praised me and told me to keep going).
Not every child has that innate confidence and knows to listen to their inner voice, the voice we all have but somehow don’t listen to as we become adults.
I recently read about an inspiring Book called “Little Voice” written and illustrated by Ottawa natives Amanda Bernardo and Samantha Clusiau-Lawlor. It is a story that teaches children to be confident, creative, ambitious and proud of who they are. It teaches them to look within themselves and to know anything is possible if they just believe, they can make their dreams come true. I was so delighted when they so kindly sent on a copy for Hailey and my lovely boys to read.
What struck me first about the short picture book is that it is filled with positive re-enforcing encouragement for all who read it. Whether you are an adult or a child when you read The Little Voice you are left with a resounding message- Believe in your self and you can achieve your dreams.
Encouraging messages fill each page yet each page is not filled with words. The words chosen for each page are so powerful the intended messages resound loudly for all who happen upon them. The illustrations contained throughout are warm, friendly, inviting and relatable on every level for the potential parent reader and child listener. There is a message for all who read this beautifully written and illustrated text.
Throughout the Little Voice text we meet many Characters who struggle with their confidence, fear, loneliness, they feel discouraged and lost. They struggle to believe that they can achieve their dreams yet as the text continues they learn that by believing in themselves and listening to their inner voice they can overcome and achieve anything they desire.
Hailey identified with the cover Character as she looks similar to her and when she would appear in the book she would say “that’s me”! She really enjoyed my reading the text and was happy to run off afterwards for a read by herself.
The “Little Voice” book has been created for children within the age bracket 6-12 so it is perfect for Hailey right now. Conor was happy to have a look through the book and liked looking at the small versions of the main Character which represent their “inner voice” Jack was too busy chewing on a plastic car to stay long enough to listen but when he is older around Hailey’s age I know this book will be perfect for him.
I really liked that the text is gender neutral and that there is no affiliated gender assigned to the title. It has an Every-man appeal in that the title speaks to many and all, as we all have a “Little Voice” that speaks to us inside. The message in “Little Voice” is to listen and be brave.
It is a fantastic read for all the family, young and old. It really is so uplifting and if you have a little person at home who is doubting themselves or feeling down it is a great book to help them focus on the positive, to help encourage a balanced prerogative in every aspect of their lives.
A lot of children with Special Needs can feel down or lost when they feel they cannot fit in to the world around them. I really feel by reading this text it can help them to understand themselves and why their own innate value of self is all they really need and not that of the world around them.
I would recommend “Little Voice” to all, young and old. It has uplifting messages for so many children and adults. When you consider the ever increasing many who suffer silently with depression it can only bode well that if as children they are positively encouraged and surrounded by resources such as “Little Voice” they will see their inner light as we all do.
Without a doubt “Little Voice” needs to be on your bookshelf today, a must for children and adults in particular those who have self doubts as it full of positive powerful messages of hope, courage and success.
A huge thank you to Amanda Bernardo and Samantha Clusiau-Lawlor for sending on a copy of their wonderful book.x
Disclaimer- The Little Voice family very kindly sent me a copy of their wonderful book “Little Voice” for Hailey, Conor and Jack to enjoy. I received no payment whatsoever. The above review is honest and all opinions contained herein are my own.