Children’s Book Review – Water at the Top of the World by J. Siegal & Illustrated by Shannon Belock

June 1st, 2019

Children’s Book Review
Water at the Top of the World
by J. Siegal & Illustrated by Shannon Belock

So, who wants to read a children’s book? It will be an easy read. This was the call out on the boards where the posting for the book reviews for our website. It’s called Water at the Top of the World: A Story of Legends and Learning. Written by J.Siegal, and illustrated by Shannon Belock.

Wait. Problem here I don’t have kids. This might be an issue; however, I am an auntie who has experience around small kids… Not much of a problem there. What kind of criteria does one use for a children’s book on a pagan website anyway? Ponders. Looked at the construction of the book, the level of illustration, and the story itself in the repeat readability by the adult. Example of is the parent going to want to throw it across the room after reading it the 100th time. That seems fair and balanced without giving too much of the story away.

First point to note about this physical construction of this book. It’s not a good one if your child is still at the learning how to handle book stages of development. Its not going to handle much rough handling, as its made from a lighter paper then most kids books.. If it gets wet all bets are off if salvageable. The papers going to soak through. It does have a lot of beautiful white space, and the illustrations match the story. It is however not a picture book. The illustrations are bright brilliant colors that go along with the story, they are just simple. Which would make one think reading this review, don’t buy it at all.

Wait one second, it’s a rather unexpected jewel, and if the parent is wanting to teach how mythology and science works together in an inclusive peaceful way, get this book. It is one of those stories that even adults will pause and consider the implications. Personally, I went through it a few times coming away with this is what is called a teaching story. For those who might not be exactly sure of what is meant by that a teaching story is a narrative that has been deliberately created as a vehicle for the transmission of wisdom.

take a page from the book in question, Sometimes
the sharing of stories makes some people so angry or fearful or
confused that they do things to ignore even their own holy book.
Sometimes, the sharing of stories makes people so happy or peaceful
or energetic that they search through all the stories for the best
way to live.

If the child listening to this is a curious soul, there will be a lot of conversations in the making from these very words, having to go to school and deal with people that aren’t quite like them. How to make a choice in how we respond to these stories. Why do people respond the way they do? Even as an adult there’s still a lot of questions then answers.

Pagan parents are often not afraid of combining science into the myths. As the ones setting the example to the next generation, perhaps thinking more of how we as people set the example of learning is a good path to go down.

Water at the Top of the World: A Story of Legends and Learning on Amazon

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