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The Farm of Wisdom: 25 Unforgettable Tales That Will Ignite a Wiser You! Paperback – July 13, 2013
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Somewhat along the lines of Aesop's Fables, The Farm of Wisdom: 25 Unforgettable Tales That Will Ignite a Wiser You by Warren Cassell Jr. is full of tid-bits of wisdom that are taught from short parables using animals one would find on or near a farm. Each of these twenty-five short tales teaches a keen little piece of wisdom about living life and coping with the world around us.
The delightful collection of tales that Warren Cassell Jr. has put together in The Farm of Wisdom are excellent teaching tools for young and old alike.
About the Author
Warren Cassell Jr. is the living proof that anyone with dedication, focus and determination can achieve great success. Warren could have said when he grew up he would lead a company but for him time is of the essence. At the age of eight, he started his first business venture and by the age of thirteen he has served clients from regions all over the planet. Warren lives by the quote, if you light a lamp for someone it will also light your path and hopes that his books will ignite a flame of wisdom in you.
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"The sad thing is that if we never appreciate the singing of the birds and the teamwork of ants, we will never be able to change our perception of the world. "
Warren aims to help us change our perception of the world by putting us into the "shoes" of animals going through tough situations. I love anthropomorphism!
We start off on the Farmer Oliver's farm, where all of his animals can talk. Sounds kind of Aesopian, doesn't it? These animals are all in some kind of bind, and each tale illustrates a moral lesson.
Some of the stories include:
-Two pigs who try to escape from a slaughter, and learn an invaluable lesson in the process.
-A tree that begins to get sick and wither after such a strong life. What happens then?
-The story of the mayflies, and how they approach their existence. These flies mature in eggs underwater for over a year, and they only live about 24 hours once they hatch! How would you feel if you were a mayfly?
-An angry scarecrow who learns to love after being visited by a kindly robin.
It's packed with wisdom, and it's very concise. Some of the stories are very cute, some of them are a little bit sad, and there's overall a good variety. The reason I gave it 4 stars is because there are a some grammar issues in a few parts of the book , but it doesn't detract from the overall message.
Overall, I recommend this book, and I look forward to what Warren comes up with next. He's got a bright career and future ahead of him.
Make sure to check out story #1, 17, and 22 in particular.
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right, but the fact that it was written by a woman completely changes the way you look at it.
I came across another book recently, completely different from the previous example, but no less interesting.
On the surface, The Farm of Wisdom is a collection of contemporary fables. The stories are amusing, often with a hint of dark humor and written in a way that makes you wonder where the writer is getting his inspiration.
And that's when it really becomes interesting.
The Farm of Wisdom was written by Warren Cassell Jr., a fourteen-year-old entrepreneur from Montserrat, in the Caribbean.
No, that's not a typo. Warren started his first business selling greeting cards when he was only eight years old. So everyone can stop bragging about starting their first business before they went to college or university, because Warren did it before he started middle school.
I think it's safe to say, then, that we'd be wise to listen when Warren is trying to tell us something. His message isn't new, but it's more important to us today than it ever was before. Warren, in his own distinct way, reminds us that when we're lost, when we're stuck and aching with questions, we could do worse than to look to nature for answers.
Each of the book's fables contains a valuable lesson for life or business, told through the adventures of a variety of animals on Farmer Oliver's farm; lessons Warren has learned himself on his entrepreneurial journey. And while some of them might be common knowledge or common sense, remember that they came from a fourteen-year-old who is trying to let us know what he observed in his dealings with the world at large.
The book has some grammatical errors, as does any first effort, but those flaws can be easily forgiven, considering the value this book can bring to us and our children.
I believe The Farm of Wisdom is an important book, especially for younger readers, if not for the wisdom contained within, then for the inspiration it brings as the first successfully published book by a teenage boy from the Caribbean.
Congratulations, Warren. I hope to see more of your work in the near future.
My favorite story in this book was Emergency Berries, in which two chipmunks are gathering berries in preparation for an impending storm. One chipmunk ate most of his berries on the way back home, and refused to gather more, but his smart friend gathered as much as he could and warned the other chipmunk that he had better collect more just to be safe. Sure enough, a storm came and the first chipmunk nearly starved because he had too few berries. His friend was kind enough to allow him to stay in his home and shared his berries with him.
The Farm Of Wisdom is a beautifully written book that has so many little life lessons. It reminds me of similar books that I read as a child, and yet this book is something that even adults can enjoy and learn from. One of most important lessons we can learn from The Farm Of Wisdom is how important it is to take time to slow down and notice how nature works so beautifully. If we would only listen to nature to help solve our troubles, we would be a wiser person.
I highly recommend this book for adults and children alike and I look forward to more books from this author.