The View from a Drawbridge

The random musings of a bridgetender with entirely too much time on her hands.

Recently, a generous patron read one of my blog posts and responded to my plea that people purchase children’s books from my Clark Lake Park Little Free Library Wish List, so that the children in my neighborhood would be exposed to a wide variety of cultures and concepts.

When the box arrived, I was excited to see, in particular, the book Change Sings by Amanda Gorman. Ever since I heard Ms. Gorman read her poem at President Biden’s Inauguration, I have been so impressed by this young lady. I have this dream that she and Malala Yousafzai team up to rule the world, and it therefore becomes a much more beautiful, peaceful, inclusive, and loving place. But I digress.

Change Sings is a gorgeously written anthem that gives me hope that the children of today will perhaps do better by this world than my generation has done. It’s a book about making positive changes by using your special abilities. It encourages us to join our voices together, and if we do so anything is possible. Reading this book leaves you with a powerful feeling of hope and potential.

And the illustrations by Loren Long are amazing. He’s the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator, and he deserves it. This book is a work of art. If I had a child, I’d buy several copies of this book and wallpaper their room with the pages.

I encourage you to check out the Amazon page for this book and click on the “look inside” feature to see more of the artwork. After that, head over here to hear Ms. Gorman recite part of the book in her beautiful voice. Then, see the interview she did about this book on the Today show. If after all that you can resist buying a copy of the book yourself, you have much more willpower than I do.

Now that I’ve written this blog post about it, it’s time to leave this literary gem in my little free library. It’s going to be extremely hard for me to let this one go. I hope whoever takes it enjoys it as much as I have.

And while you’re over at Amazon, look what I wrote! http://amzn.to/2mlPVh5

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