I recently received this adorable picture book as a gift from a friend. She was leaving for Orlando, Florida, and I probably wouldn’t see her for a while. This was a family favorite of hers, and she was excited to share it with me.
Now that I’ve read The Lesson: A Fable for Our Times by Carol Lynn Pearson, I can see why she liked it so much.
This book is a fantastic bedtime story. It’s a unique little tale told in such a way to make it interesting for children while providing a more complex and heart-felt message to adults. It discusses the loving relationship between a teacher and student as he worked through his various problems.
A Quick Peek at the Book
While he was young, the student’s problems were simple and easy to solve. Each time he solved a problem, he moved up a grade and had to face more difficult problems. Some problems took years to solve, but his teacher was patient and understanding, and the student loved the feeling of finishing a problem. Some problems were too difficult to solve, so they had to be put aside for another time.
While the message is cute, I think it’s the illustrations that provide a fun twist to the book. The pictures have a scribble-like technique which gives it a child-like feel without distracting from the adult lessons we can learn. It’s pretty stylistic, though, so I can see why some readers might lose interest fairly quickly.
As with most children’s books based specifically on teaching a lesson, it can feel a bit preachy and the concept may be too adult for some children to really enjoy. But, I enjoyed it nonetheless. The lesson that can be learned is timeless and applies to everyone.
If you’re looking for a cute gift, then I think it’s a story worth sharing with others.
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