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Garden Haiku: Raising Your Child with Ancient Wisdom 0th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0595430953
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29. Moderation
The art of parenting is moderation -
Too much rain brings the flood
Too much sun dries the land

In Garden Haiku, the author successfully blends three elements: Asian philosophy, the haiku form, and parenting advice. "Moderation" is an example of one of the best pieces in the collection. As the subtitle of the book indicates, there is great wisdom to be found in these poems based on Asian philosophies. The author manages to convey this wisdom in haikus like the above, while also paying care to the demands of language. The repetition of similarly structured lines (line 2 and 3 above) is a wise strategy that works effectively in "moderation." Within just three lines, an effective and engaging rhythm is established.

In the poem "Lion," which is from a series of poems named after animals, a similar structure is employed: the first line introduces the poem's main idea, and that is followed by two similarly structured lines that give the poem both momentum and rhythm and bring it to a satisfying conclusion:

10. Lion
Bring the best in children--
Tame not the lion that rules the king
Ground not the eagle that soars the sky

While the two poems above speak directly to parenting, there are other equally effective poems in the collection iwth advice that can be applied to all aspects of life. The poem "stone" is an example.

6.
Stone
Disappointment is a heavy stone--
When a mistake is made,
Correct it; do not carry it

While the author writes specifically to parents, even those without children can believe in this philosophy for living one's life. In this way, the book can be a good read to anyone, not just parents.

One of my favorite haikus in the book is "Lighthouse," which follows in its entirety:

22.
Lighthouse
A child is a lighthouse, full of love--
To get to it,
Paddle with patience

As with all the poems in the collection, the simple language speaks to everyone without excluding anyone; also there is nothing at all offensive in languages or content about these poems -- they can be read by a general audience, by children as well as adult. The writing here is always competent, and the best poems are effective. The author has studied and reworked the haiku form, and she has an interesting voice. Garden Haiku is a uniquely entertaining and originally written book in a distinctive format.

From the Author

In Garden Haiku: Raising Your Child with Ancient Wisdom, author Lily Wang gives parents spiritual guidelines for raising happy, respectful, and resourceful children. The simplicity and wisdom in these character-building principles have been extolled since ancient times but tend to get lost in today's world.
While Garden Haiku addresses parents and writes about young children, it is meant for everyone to enjoy. The themes and values are universal: we all grow from childhood to adulthood, and we are all our own best parents. We need to be nurturing and assuring people who believe in ourselves and support our dreams. Wang revives golden virtues with original poetic lucidity to bring Zen to parenting:
Patience is to
Have no expectations
But greater acceptance

Children can devil or angel be-
Put your hands on their backs
The touch of their wings
Wang equates parents with gardeners whose sole purpose is to nurture tender buds into full bloom. While we have our children's futures in our hands, they also have ours in theirs. A modern Zen classic, Garden Haiku is every caregiver's poetic manual on the art of parenting.
"Highly recommended!"
-Midwest Book Review
"Just right for parents."
-Kirkus Book Reviews
"Distills magic into three-line poems celebrating life."
-ForeWord Magazine
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (October 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595430953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595430956
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,147,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Garden Haiku is so inspiring. As a working mom, when the life gets busy, it is really easy to forget how precious my own kids are. Then I tend to treat them with bad attitude because of the stressful daily life. But this book really helps me to remember the importance of kids and gives me a peaceful time.... Surely this is THE one of the best Haiku books that I have ever read. Another favorite Haiku book is actually her first book, Baby Haiku. Both books are really well written through her own experience. I always get these books as a gift for those who is going to have a baby.
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What I like about books like Garden Haiku is that one can pick it up and start reading at any point and in a matter of seconds, find inspiration, thoughtfulness, and motivation. Haikus, by virtue of being so succinct, invite us to bring the few words of the haiku into our world, manipulating them into our own personal visions, feelings, and examples.

My two favorite poems from this book happen to be back to back. Both of them capture something from my feelings about my life's work with gifted children. The first is #6 Stone. It reminded me of how important it is for gifted students to make mistakes. There is a tendency for them to not to want to make mistakes and not to be allowed to make mistakes. When they ultimately do, it can be a crashing blow. If gifted students don't have the experience of making mistakes at very young ages, they are not learning all they can learn. Making mistakes is very important for these students and can be very freeing. We need to communicate to them how important mistakes are in the learning process and to cherish mistakes rather than to live in fear of them.

The second poem I really loved follows at #7. Explore really captures what we try to do in our programs through the Summer Institute for the Gifted and the National Society for the Gifted and Talented. Gifted children cannot soar until they are free to do so. Unfortunately, in our schools, there is often a need to control. Teachers may feel that they need to control behavior in the classroom; educators feel that they need to control curriculum by mandating standards. But gifted children really need freedom to go off in directions that intrigue and interest them. They need to be able to follow their passions so that they can find, appreciate, and fulfill their potential.
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This unassuming book of poetry is a treasure trove of little golden nuggets of wisdom that are digested one at a time and are accumulated in one's soul, ready to be applied and lived-out. Even as a veteran parent and educator such priceless gems are most welcome and helpful in those trying moments that often catch you by surprise.
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34.
Mercy
When the light of mercy dims--
Evil lurches
In despair of night

I find this poem conveying a sense of moral that sums up the epitome of all virtues: mercy.
When a child is born, his/her heart is good and pure. Social environments and life experiences might be so harsh that they lost their consciences and resort to wrong-doing. But if we can keep a heart of mercy, then evil will not have a chance to breed. Jesus talked about love for all, Confucius talked about love for sainthood and Buddhist talked about having constant mercy in our thoughts. Names may be different but the lesson is one: keep mercy at your heart and that is the best way to change a soul blinded by evil.
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This book is a small miracle, an elegantly simple testimony to the shining spirit and unquenchable faith of the child parent relationship and all nature. It will inspire your heart with simplistic words of peace and reaffirm your faith in the future with ancient golden virtues. We all want to know what produces larger than-life people. We all need to know the mind and heart of greatness. Garden Haiku: Raising Your Child with Ancient Wisdom, is a guidline for raising the hearts of our future. -Benta Fries, owner of Benta, Custom Designed Breast Prosthetics and Post Mastectomy Fittings. World service humanitarian.
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