Through the books, we get a better understanding not only of other people’s sentiments but of our own as well. I believe that among all the books, those that are written for children give us the deepest insights into our own feelings. I’d like to point out three initially children’s books that helped me deal with my adult experiences.
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
This book is a fourth-grade reading and its plot can be outlined in a couple of sentences. The narrator is Leigh Bott. He is a six-grader and in the letters to his favorite writer, he tells about his multiple life troubles. His parents are divorced and he has to get used to a new place and a new school. He is wondering whether his father cares for him, whether his mother still loves the father, and why they all cannot get back together. He dreams to become a writer but doesn’t know where to start. Meanwhile, he doesn’t have any friends to share his feelings with, so he has to deal with all the troubles by himself.
Have you ever failed to understand others? Have you ever been disappointed by the dearest people? Felt lonely? Felt angry and helpless? I believe all people have. That is why Leigh’s problems and worries are well clear to every grown-up. This story makes you feel inspired and full of hope: if the kid has managed his troubles and has found a balance, you’ll be able as well.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I won’t write up a To Kill a Mockingbird plot summary since this book needs no introduction. Yet, if you want to recall its plot and main ideas but don’t have time to read the full story, you can appeal to a To Kill A Mockingbird study guide. The book is one of the most acclaimed and influential samples of the modern American literature. And I personally know at least two lawyers who pursued their career to be alike Atticus Finch. For me, it’s above all a monument of tolerance to others. Throughout the story, the main character and a narrator Scout Finch learns how to be lenient and respectful to other people. Even though, not all of the people deserve it. Even 15 years after the first reading of this book, it still teaches me to accept people the way they are. Since, all in all, there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.
Out Of The Dust by Karen Hesse
It’s the youngest book in the list, written by Karen Hesse. It is a diary that reveals us the joys and pains of 14-years-old girl Billie Jo. The girl has gone through one of the worst possible things – by accident, she causes a death of her pregnant mother. After some time Billie tries to find her way to consolation and to rebuild relationships with her father. In the novel, the dust symbolizes a suppressing sorrow but ultimately, the girl finds her way out of it.
I believe this book has a therapeutic effect. A reader goes through the way with a protagonist. From the unbearable tragedy and guilt to a solace and self-acceptance. It also reminds us that there is always something in life that is worth moving on.
All these books teach us the fundamentals of acceptance. Dear Mr. Henshaw shows how to accept our failures. To Kill a Mockingbird proves the importance of tolerating other people. Out of the Dust helps us to accept ourselves. Moreover, the authors’ vital ideas sound even more convincing as they are expressed through a child’s voice. So if you have any troubling feelings similar to the ones described in these books, don’t spare time to reread them.