January 20th, 2020 · 2 Comments · Books

LISTEN by Holly M. McGhee is a gentle, sweet book that leads readers towards empathy by reminding us all to slowly take in our surroundings and revel in our connectedness. Aimed at ages 4-7, it will work for slightly younger and much older children and adults as a tool for meditation and calm.

The repetitive structure and relaxed pace serve the picture book’s purpose in encouraging living in the moment and listening to our hearts – and observing with all our senses. The lovely illustrations by Pascal Lemaitre are at once detailed and simple; they suit the story perfectly.

Messages centered on connecting to the world around us, allowing nature to inspire and comfort, and hoping that a new generation will learn empathy for others and themselves intertwine throughout LISTEN. This is a wonderful read aloud (and read alone) book for the open-hearted of all ages.


Review by Kristin Wald


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2 Comments so far ↓

  • Paige Schildkamp

    This is wonderful – I love that you mention it being useful/important as a tool for adults too. I know I definitely need to take more time for observation and listening. Thanks for sharing this book and review.

  • ShootingStarsMag

    This just sounds so peaceful and relaxing. I love that they have books like this for younger kids – it’s good to kind of “power down” if you will and just LISTEN.


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