3 Children’s Books Every Adult Should Reread
Through books, we gain a better understanding of not only other people’s feelings, but our own as well. I believe that among all the books, the ones that are written for children give us the deepest understanding of our own feelings. I would like to point out three books initially for children that helped me cope with my adult experiences.
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
This book is a fourth grade reading and its plot can be summed up in a couple of sentences. The narrator is Leigh Bott. He is a sixth grader and in letters to his favorite writer, he tells about his many life problems. Her parents are divorced and she has to get used to a new place and a new school. He wonders if his father cares for him, if his mother still loves the father, and why they can’t get back together. You dream of becoming a writer but you don’t know where to start. Meanwhile, he has no friends to share his feelings with, so he has to deal with all the problems on his own.
Have you ever failed to understand others? Have you ever been disappointed by the people you love? Did you feel lonely? Did you feel angry and helpless? I think all people have. That is why Leigh’s problems and concerns are so clear to all adults. This story makes you feel inspired and hopeful: if the child has managed their problems and found a balance, you can too.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I will not write a summary of the plot of To Kill a Mockingbird as this book needs no introduction. However, if you want to remember the plot and main ideas, but don’t have time to read the whole story, you can turn to the To Kill A Mockingbird study guide. The book is one of the most acclaimed and influential exhibits in modern American literature. And I personally know at least two attorneys who pursued their careers to look like Atticus Finch. For me, it is above all a monument of tolerance towards others. Throughout the story, the main character and storyteller Scout Finch learns to be forgiving and respectful of other people. Although not all people deserve it. Even 15 years after I first read this book, it still teaches me to accept people as they are. Since, in general, there is only one type of people. Boys.
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
It is the youngest book on the list, written by Karen Hesse. It is a diary that reveals the joys and pains of Billie Jo, a 14-year-old girl. The girl has gone through one of the worst things possible: by accident, she causes the death of her pregnant mother. After some time, Billie tries to find her way to comfort and rebuild relationships with her father. In the novel, the dust symbolizes suppressed sadness, but ultimately the girl finds a way out of it.
I think this book has a therapeutic effect. A reader walks the road with a protagonist. From excruciating tragedy and blame to comfort and self-acceptance. It also reminds us that there is always something in life worth moving on for.
All of these books teach us the fundamentals of acceptance. Dear Mr. Henshaw shows how to accept our failures. Killing a nightingale demonstrates the importance of tolerating other people. Out of the Dust helps us accept ourselves. Furthermore, the vital ideas of the authors sound even more compelling when expressed through the voice of a child. So if you have troubling feelings similar to those described in these books, don’t waste time rereading them.