The Biggest and Brightest Light: The Magic of Helping Others
By: Marilyn Perlyn Illustrated by Amanda Perlyn
Robert D. Reed Publishers, P. O. Box 1992, Bandon, Oregon 97411
978-1934759752, $ 17.95, 2013, 48 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake, firstname.lastname@example.org
Reaching Out to Make Your World a Better Place
Muhammad Ali captures the essence of the message of “The Biggest and Brightest Light: The Magic of Helping Others” in his foreword to the book. Ali compares the light of the Olympic flame to acts of caring and kindness as “kindling a light in another to reach out and make a difference in someone’s life.”
Marilyn Perlyn writes the true story of her of six year old daughter Amada’s experience in reaching out to her first grade teacher, Dr. Malko. Amanda’s spirit and acts of compassion inspired others to join her in extending care and concern as well.
When Dr. Malko told of her daughter Elena’s illness and the costly medical expenses Amada unselfishly considered what she might do to help. Since this happened in the month of December Amanda made and sold holiday ornaments to help meet the need.
Dr. Malko’s words of appreciation, “…when children do such special deeds, they are like angels, thank you my little angel” gave Amanda a contagious inner feeling of joy and satisfaction that quickly was passed on to her family and the boys and girls of classroom and the community; demonstrating the impact a child can have in making a difference in the lives of others through acts of kindness and loving compassion. Amanda’s own colorful illustrations will capture the imagination of young children ages four through eight and add to the enjoyment of the story.
“The Biggest and Brightest Light” is a unique resource for instilling this same spirit of concerned care and kindness to children in homes and classrooms around the world.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.