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The Open Pillow [Kindle Edition]

David Rowinski , Dea Lenihan
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Book Description

Featured at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Everyone is a perfect size for something.

Pillow wanted to have a purpose. He wanted to be useful to someone but he seemed to be too small -- just big enough for an ant’s head, and ants do not use pillows. So pillow watched others and learned to wait and grow until the day came when he was big enough to serve a very important purpose.

A portion of the proceeds of sale go to to provide sustainable sources of clean water to communities in need.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3689 KB
  • Print Length: 42 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Inknbeans Press (December 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AMRA61O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,508,793 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pillow Talk January 8, 2013
A beautiful book. The illustrations are exquisite, full of light and detail.The story, as well as being entertaining, is at the same time both educational and captivating.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Illustrations and story are outstanding! January 13, 2013
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Beautiful illustrations and lovely story. I truly believe this will be a favorite children's book for many years to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Future Classic May 27, 2013
The pillow in the title begins life as a very small pillow with an inherent awareness of its own opportunities. The pillow also has big dreams, and steadfastly fulfils them, thus realising its own potential. Lying in a flower bed, various creatures visit pillow, each larger than the one before. Forever embracing the challenge, unfolding and doubling in size, pillow attempts to accommodate them all. He continues to grow until eventually he is fit for the purpose he was meant for; his place in life being found.
When first asked to review this book, I was not quite sure what to expect. What I found upon reading was the most delightful and beautifully written book, akin to a modern fairy tale. It conveys a terrific message about persevering until you reach your goal. I have never read anything quite like this before, at least not in modern literature - in fact, David Rowinski seems to have created a story that is really quite unique. And, to add to the joy, there are the fabulous, near magical illustrations by artist Dea Lenihan, which bring the book to life.
I highly recommend The Open Pillow. I have no doubt it will one day become a children's classic, or at least I hope it will.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful fable April 3, 2013
I approached Open Pillow with some curiosity, not knowing exactly what to expect. I knew it was a sort of short story, and the title in itself gave nothing away of the content.
Well, it was a most pleasant surprise, and something I'd never have expected.
For a moment, I found myself going back in time, and I thought I was reading again one of Aesop's or Phaedrus' wonderful Greek and Latin "fables", all very short but all containing a wealth of meaning and wise teachings for those who were able to read between the lines.
The same is true for Open Pillow, which is much more than what it appears at a first glance. Its words stay with the reader and invite reflection, as the book "opens" up and offers its inner treasures.
And what make this little gem shine even more brightly, enriching it and appeasing the eye together with the mind, are the wonderful, almost magic illustrations by Dea Lenihan that enhance the fabulistic effect of the whole work.
Open Pillow makes the reader's soul the richer for having read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars " ... He found his match." August 2, 2013
By r&r
My 3-year-old, 7-year-old and I, read "The Open Pillow," and we all enjoyed this book. The artwork was beautiful, and the book's overall message: fitting in spaces you don't belong is nothing we should fret over; we outgrow people, places and things as we evolve. Not to mention, those places in which we go, hoping to "fit in" or mold to our surroundings, are temporary; finding our perfect fit lasts a lifetime.

Here are my 7-year-old's thoughts on "The Open Pillow."

"My favorite was the part when the cat ran away, because it was funny. It made me sad, when the pillow couldn't find his match. I learned, the word near-sighted means you can't see far away. I like the part when he found his match.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a Sweet Cuddle Story January 4, 2013
By Ey Wade
Small as the pillow started out in its position in the world, it still knew it had a purpose in life. I loved the way David showed, in the growth of the pillow, how nothing and no one has to stay bound and useless by what can be deemed their physical disabilities. Open Pillow can teach a child that just because you can not help one person it doesn't mean you have to give up on your dreams.

The illustrations are lovely, comforting and go so well with the way the words are designed to fit the pages in the book. I loved it and can't wait to read it to my grand baby.

*I received a copy of the book to read for review purposes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully and pleasantly surprised...Awesome!!! March 24, 2013
We loved this book! We found this book to be very thoughtful, well written, and an enjoyable read. It is a delightful original creation that awakens the imagination and makes reading and learning fun. This is one of those rare books that is bound to become a classic children's book. I highly recommend this book! This is an exceptional book that will be enjoyed over and over. It would make a beautiful gift for any occasion or just a nice addition that will enrich your child's reading experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FANTASTIC CHILDRENS BOOK August 17, 2013
As a single father of 1 daughter i feel the open pillow did have purpose! so many people think nowadays they , or their small donations wont count to help others. But everything couts, every amout adds up to something, and every vote matters.
From Craig Holmes
P.S it alo helps kids with math!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for young computer scientists
The book teaches how to count in exponents of 2,
it is a great skill for a young child and can be taken
as an inspiration to teach math and computer science. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tova Bat-Yosef
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Inspiring!
Beautiful illustrations, inspiring story line. Great read! Delivers an inspiring story while captivating your imagination with beautiful illustrations. Highly recommend.
Published 18 months ago by Peter Maduka
5.0 out of 5 stars The Open Pillow
Story by David Rowinski
Illustrations by Dea Lenihan

Review by Author Roy Murry

This cute little story is one you want to... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Roy Murry, Author
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Messages in a Lovely Story
This children's book reminded me of fables I used to love as a child. I applaud the author for thinking outside the box and was delightfully surprised that he used a simple pillow... Read more
Published 21 months ago by SeaWitch
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story, a long time coming :)
We love the story, the math, and the inherent realization that kids can handle "big words." Beautifully illustrated, this is a triumph of positive thinking and not letting... Read more
Published on March 24, 2013 by A.H.O.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story local (to me) author
I picked this up for my niece who is 2 and she loves it. Fun story and excellent artwork. I really like that it's coming out from the area I live in and hope that the author does... Read more
Published on March 5, 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Shows kids there is a place for everyone in this world. Sometimes you just have to try a little harder to find your way! Great illustrations too !!
Published on January 15, 2013 by Tony
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More About the Author

David Rowinski has taught in Cairo, worked as a PCA in Zurich, tended desk at an Athen's youth hostel and roamed the streets of Budapest. He currently divides time between Amherst, MA and East Africa. His short story Music Box appears in Issue 27 of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wrislet. The Open Pillow is a children's bedtime story with lessons of perseverance and development not to be outgrown. His second work The Book of Complements will be released 11/12/13

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