15 January, 2012

Through the eyes of a child

While the sale of electronic books has skyrocketed over the last few years, the sale of electronic books for children under the age of 8 have remained stagnant. Unfortunately, we only have a few Barnes and Nobles Bookstores left, near us. As we enjoy browsing new books as a family on the weekends and we recently discovered a newly published book titled "my name is not Isabella" by Jennifer Fosberry.


About a young girl with a wonderful imagination and when her Mother asks who will go out and wait for the bus, Isabella says "I am Rosa, the greatest, bravest activist who ever was!" 


And on that fateful day in December 1955 it was Rosa Parks', bravery and subsequent arrest that led Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to call a meeting at his church. Then on the 5th of December and for 380 days afterwards, most African Americans boycotted those busses.


Isabella had a few new kids in her class room at school this past September, and I remember asking their names and if she played with them that day. She never once described them by any physical characteristics. At the age of five, Isabella describes her friends by whether they play well with her, if they got in trouble (5 year olds can be such tattle tails) and whether they have shared.

I have enjoyed and reflected on many occasion the innocence and wonderment of my children and hope that maybe just maybe theirs will be the generation that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed about.

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character..." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Warm Regards,

Michael

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