"Computers aren't wrong and TV's not bad
But do not forget the pleasure to be had
By watching a sunset or a river flow by;
Awake in the moment, feel a natural high."
~ pg. 39
Ted spends a lot of time watching TV and surfing on his computer. One day he feels as if something is missing in his life. As soon as he thinks this thought the wind comes by and takes him on a wonderful adventure. As he soars through the sky the wind teaches him important life lessons. The wind takes him to meet fire and water and then water leads him to meet earth. Each element teaches him something about living life on a deeper level. In the end, Ted realizes that he wants to live his life differently and he has a greater appreciation of the world around him. What is amazing about this book is how it is written in clever poetry - each line is a new surprise. This book teaches that it is good to get out in nature and to enjoy the world. There is a short discussion about the ego and about love so there is some philosophy and Buddhism intertwined in the poetry.
"It's not about pushing or shoving or forcing
But feeling the current that, through life, is coursing
You must sense this deep force and then you will know
The directions to go: you must go with the flow."
~ pg. 23
~The Rebecca Review
on December 29, 2008
The Simple Truth was inspiring and reaffirming for me. I received it as a gift and ended up buying several copies as holiday gifts this year. We all need to be reminded that the journey, not the destination, is often the most important part in life. I loved this book!
on January 24, 2009
I have never read a children's book that teaches such magnificent lessons!
Ted's Simple Truth begins with a young boy sitting watching television and thinking...there has to be more to life then this. He asks for a sign, and the wind blows in and takes him on a life altering journey.
All of earth's elements have a lesson to teach Ted. The wind teaches him that you have to live in the current moment, and be aware of all the beauty that surrounds you. Fire encourages Ted to follow his instincts. He also teaches Ted that you need to embrace diversity and be yourself. Water encourages Ted to live life simply and go with the flow. Mother Earth explains ego and encourages him to be aware of his feelings.
I don't think a review can really do Ted's Simple Truth justice. The writing is whimsical and the words flow beautifully. The comparison of self to nature is brillant!
I think even adults may have a better appreciation of life after reading Ted's Simple Truth. I highly recommend Ted's Simple Truth to children and adults!
on June 29, 2009
"Ted's Simple Truth" is an adventure story of the most exquisite kind as we are led into another world, a place where four unusual new friends whisk young Ted off on a journey of discovery about life.
A thought provoking, simple truth for us all. Refreshing, poetic, beautifully illustrated and written solely in rhyme.
I loved this delightful book and have read it again and again. If you read this as a child you would want to reread it as an adult. A wonderful book for all ages.