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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Snow Lion (December 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559393718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559393713
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,531,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"His Holiness is happy to have a copy of your book The All-Seeing Boy and the Blue Sky of Happiness. His Holiness likes the story and hopes it will help to spread the message of loving-kindness among the readers. His Holiness sends his appreciation and gratitude to you and your colleagues for this wonderful piece of work." —Office of H. H. the Dalai Lama

"Charming and insightful. Recommended for adults, teenagers, and children." —William Bloom, author of Soulution the Holistic Manifesto

"Bravo! A wonderful piece of writing." —Carl Honore, author of In Praise of Slowness

"A wonderful work that I believe is going to touch every child's heart and consciousness." —Dr. Aretoula Fullam, The Silva Method of New Jersey

"The All Seeing Boy and the Blue Sky of Happiness is a wonderful book and what's more, it works!" —Dr. Susie Anthony, author of A Map to God

"This charming children's story explores loving-kindness. Our protagonist, the All-Seeing Boy, has an ordinary, mostly happy life, but when the people he loves feel sad, he wants to help them. He is convinced that there is really something he can do if only he can figure out what it is. Then one day he meets a hobo named Jason Carper Esquire. This hobo has bright blue eyes, a ruby-red coat, and the answer the boy has been looking for." —Shambhala Sun

"The Blue Sky meditation is such a simple way to practice mindfulness and compassion." —Anna Jedrziewski, New Age Retailer

"British journalist Nick Kettles spins a sweet tale of discovery and compassion in his new 32-page illustrated children's book. . . . In Kettles's book the hobo describes for the All-Seeing Boy the thing that he can do to help others; he teaches him about blue sky thoughts. While not explicitly described as such, the hobo gives the All-Seeing Boy a meditation practice. The child-friendly Blue Sky of Happiness meditation is a simple, gentle visualization that anyone can do to help others feel better."--Michael Jolliffe, Mandala Magazine

"A story well told, beautifully illustrated, with a wonderful message of how our love and compassion can change the world for everyone. —Light of Consciousness magazine

"This charming teaching-tale is aimed at children aged six to ten but will have appeal to adults as well. The All-Seeing Boy is a thinker who hears the Universe calling to him. When the student is ready, the teacher will come. In this case the teacher is a hobo sitting outside a thrift store. Through him the All-Seeing Boy finds the correct questions to ask in order to gain access to the mysteries. It’s a classic psycho-spiritual tale, which resonates across religious denominations. The Blue Sky meditation is such a simple way to practice mindfulness and compassion." —Anna Jedrziewski, New Age Retailer

"A beautiful book that shows real compassion for others at its heart. It makes a special goodness-creating gift for any child." —The Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Nick Kettles has been published in journals such as The Ecologist, Resurgence, and Wired, as well as in The Times, The Independent, and The Observer newspapers in the United Kingdom. He has also coproduced documentaries for BBC Radio. He lives near the French Pyrenees with his partner, Priya, two daughters, and many animals.

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I absolutely adore The All-Seeing Boy and the Blue Sky of Happiness!
Susan Seybert
I am sure that both children and adults alike will enjoy and treasure this book on their bookshelves and I would recommend it for a perfect gift for all.
yvonne 43gg
This book suggests that we look outside ourselves and give to others and in so doing we are also rewarded.
H. S. Hallam

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By yvonne 43gg on December 1, 2011
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This book is truly a magical find in the latest releases which not only captures your imagination but captures your heart.

The story is enchanting, complimented by beautiful illustrations, and sends a message of joy and giving to the reader with the author making you feel so part of the Blue Sky of Happiness, with his sensitive and simple approach to such a strong concept. I was touched deeply and in giving me a glow of well being for others, it inspired me to stretch beyond my sometimes rather restricted thoughts of life.

I am sure that both children and adults alike will enjoy and treasure this book on their bookshelves and I would recommend it for a perfect gift for all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suncica Getter on March 21, 2013
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"The All-Seeing Boy and the Blue Sky of Happiness" will fill your heart and the hearts of your little ones with warmth.

True to its genre, a parable, it teaches us a lesson, or rather more than one. The first one reminds us of Milton:
"The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven..", the second one is even more powerful: we can make not only ourselves but other people happy, too.

Yes, it's a parable, but a special one - hugely empowering - the All-Seeing boy becomes a super hero with power of loving-kindness, who can bring happiness to other people.

What a gift to your children to know that they are super heros, too! That their super powers lie in an open, loving heart and loving-kindness."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Merr on December 5, 2011
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I adore children's books that both adults and children can learn from! This is such a beautiful book, I highly recommend it. In my perspective, this book so wonderfully weaves the story of a young boy and his mentor, with the lesson that our perception of the world influences everything around us. It highlights the choice and power that each of us has, young and old, to see the world in all its glory, and those in it in all their beauty. Unlike most children's books that I have read with my nieces, nephews, and cousins, this book has layers and layers of lessons for all ages within it. I foresee that I will read it over and over again - each time exploring a new jewel! I would recommend it for most ages.. enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Seybert on December 6, 2011
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I absolutely adore The All-Seeing Boy and the Blue Sky of Happiness! This lovingly written and illustrated book shares true magic with the reader - that each of us has the capacity to change the world by simply choosing to think differently. Profound in its simplicity and impact -- both for the sender and the receiver. While the author notes that this as a children's parable, I fully believe that the story will be treasured by every person who is touched by its magic.

Thank you, Nick Kettles, for sharing your vision, wisdom and voice with us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Kelly on November 29, 2011
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"The All-Seeing Boy lived an ordinary life"--so begins this extraordinary tale that appeals to children and adults alike. It is engaging, gentle, and wise; beautifully written and illustrated, and makes the concept and practice of lovingkindness (metta) easy and accessible. I can easily see "Blue Sky Thinking" becoming a bedtime tradition in every home.

This will be the perfect holiday gift for the many children in my life, and a few adults as well!
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More About the Author

Since his teens, Nick Kettles' twin passions for storytelling and the quest for Self realisation, have guided his journey man's career as a writer, spiritual teacher, coach, and latterly also as a parent.

As a writer his work has been published in The Times and The Observer newspapers; The Ecologist, Wired, and Resurgence magazines, as well as broadcast on BBC Radio, wherever possible exploring the worlds of Personal Development, Spirituality, Ecology, and Social Justice, and also from time to time plumbing, home improvement, treasure hunting and personal finance.

Great learning and insight was found in all.

Having interviewed thousands of people as a writer over 20 years, including heads of state, spiritual leaders, scientific pioneers, and, plumbers, today as a coach he is re-tuning his listening ear and intuition in service of helping others find their true voice and calling.

An erstwhile and often earnest spiritual seeker, increasingly Nick finds contentment in the simple truths of everyday life near the French Pyrenees with his beloved partner Priya; where their Amazonian daughters, many animals and the elements keep their feet on the ground, hearts light, and minds open to possibility.

The All-Seeing Boy and The Blue Sky of Happiness, is the first of a series of four parables designed to re-mind children of all ages (8-80) of the true nature of the Self.

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