The non-dualistic path of self-inquiry Who am I? is conveyed to children in this delightful book. Inside the cover page (in small type for the grownups) is a quote by Ramana Maharshi that says, in part: If you find out the truth about yourself and discover your own source, this is all that is required. Here you are, it begins, standing on the ground. The text is simple; the colorful chalk drawings are whimsical and sweet. We end by touching love as big as the sky and read: Here you are. The whole is a joy. For ages 4-8. --Light of Consciousness Magazine, Fall 2008<br /><br />This is a refreshing picture book that is perfect for starting a discussion with children about who we are, how everything is created, and why we are here. The questions it raises are those that every human being asks at one point or another. These questions are a common thread throughout humanity and therefore transcend cultural and religious boundaries. The simple yet exquisite illustrations compliment the text to provide a meaningful experience for all readers. --The Oneota Reading Journal, Fall 2008/Decorah Public Library and Luther College, by Caitlin M. Sanders<br /><br />Why is this day particularly appropriate to post this? Because today is a good day to salute the beauty of life and of what is in a child's heart. I had had a particularly tough day. By coincidence, I opened up a recently received children's book called Here You Are, by talented and passionate author Mayke Beckmann Briggs. Mayke, a mother of five children is both the author and illustrator of Here You Are. Both the illustrations and text are works of authentic beauty. Here You Are asks questions that every child and most adults ponder -often without finding a suitable answer. Mayke gives a true and touching answer. Yes, I want you to buy her book. Buy one for each of the kids in your life, I don't care what age they are. The book will work. Buy an extra for yourself as well. I'll stake whatever reputation chits I have with you that you will not regret your decision. -- --Shel Israel, Author, in his Newsletter Global Neighborhoods on September 11, 2007
Here You Are won the 2009 Mom's Choice Award - as Silver Recipient in the Motivational/Inspirational category for Children's Picture Books, age 0-9. The Mom's Choice Awards® is known for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products, and services. This annual competition recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media products and services. Parents, educators, retailers and the media trust the Mom's Choice Awards® for product reviews and evaluations. The Mom's Choice Awards® has a panel of distinguished judges who evaluate all submissions, which are judged on their own merit. The list of judges for this year s competition include such notables as: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy winner, professor and founder of PBS s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, creator of Baby Einstein; LeAnn Thieman, co-author of seven Chicken Soup for the Soul Books; Tara Paterson, ACPI CCPI, certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards® and, Dr. Letitia S. Wright, D.C., author, movie producer and host of WrightPlace TV as well as being ranked in the top 50 of the Most Influential Women in Social Media. Evaluation Criteria: The MCA judges are especially interested in entries that support the growth of families emotionally, physically, and spiritually, and are morally sound and promote good will. They also look for entries that are inspirational and uplifting. Parents, educators, retailers, and the media rely on the MCA s reviews and evaluations as a trusted resource for children and families. --Mom's Choice Award
This is a refreshing picture book that is perfect for starting a discussion with children about who we are, how everything is created, and why we are here. The questions it raises are those that every human being asks at one point or another. These questions are a common thread throughout humanity and therefore transcend cultural and religious boundaries. The simple yet exquisite illustrations compliment the text to provide a meaningful experience for all readers. --The Oneota Reading Journal, Fall 2008/Decorah Public Library and Luther College, by Caitlin M. Sanders
About the Author
Mayke Beckmann Briggs was born in Cologne, Germany. After completing a degree in pre-med, she moved to England to attend art school in London. Moving to the US in 1978, she studied Macrobiotics with Michio and Aveline Kushi in Boston, Massachusetts, and became a Macrobiotic Counselor, primarily assisting AIDS and cancer patients in both healing and dying. Her practice evolved into family counseling, which grew into spiritual counseling, teaching and writing. She draws her inspiration from the ancient teachings of the world's religions, and years of conversations with children. She spends most of her time in Northern California where she lives with her husband and the youngest of their five children.