Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Why Am I Here? Become the-Best-Version-of-Yourself!

Why Am I Here! A Story About Becoming The Best Version of Yourself
World-renowned author Matthew Kelly has been showing adults for years how to become the Best Version of Yourself in his more than a dozen books.  Now he spreads his passionate message to children in his first ever Children’s book.

Why am I Here? A story about becoming the-best-version-of-yourself! answers this age old question from a child’s point of view.  It is a loving story of a little boy named Max that infuses humor with adorable illustrations to convey this life-affirming story.  The book starts with Max asking his grandpa, “Why am I here…in this world?”   The grandpa replies with a question for Max, “What are Birds good at being?”  Through some cute discussion and illustration, the answer is revealed to be - a bird “just enjoys being the best bird it can be.”

From that answer, Mr. Kelly uses the relationship between Max and his grandfather to lay out many easy to understand examples of how Max can choose to be the best version of himself.  Max shares his new knowledge with his other family members, teacher and friends.  The journey of Max and friends becoming the- best –version- of- themselves attempts to awaken self-awareness in the reader of our own choices and decisions.

This is a beautiful story that speaks with innocence able to reach both young and old where they are in life.  The natural flow found in Kelly’s book is entertaining and understandable for most children, even my three-year old.  Help someone you love become the best-version-of-themselves by answering the age-old question, “Why Am I Here?”

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