In Search of the Light by Leonard Jacobson

 In Search of the Light by Leonard Jacobson is a thought-provoking story for children.

When a sudden eclipse of the sun turns day into night, four friends embark upon a journey in search of the light. Ned the horse, Peter Rabbit, Bert the bumblebee, and Molly Mouse travel through the dark forest where scary things likes snakes and rats, witches and ghosts hide in the shadows. They are soon joined by Frederick the Firefly, who has his own inner light and shows them the way out of the forest to a place where everything is not as it should be: blue grass and green sky are filled with huge butterflies and fast moving snails. When they discover a path, they must decide if they will take “The Easy Way” or “The Hard Way.”

Based upon the blurb I received from the publicist, I made some general assumptions about this book before deciding to review it, which is not always a good thing. This is the line that grabbed my attention: “Eventually they find what they are looking for and discover that everything they are seeking outside of themselves already exists within each one of them.” Since I am a big believer in developing self-esteem early, this seemed like the book for me and my family.

In Search of the Light is well written, the rhyme is lyrical, and the illustrations by artist Fiammetta Dogi are absolutely beautiful. I felt like I was reading a fairy tale brought to life by vibrant colors and interesting characters. My challenge comes with the message that is presented to the reader.

When they meet the bird, who lands on the signpost that shows “The Easy Way” and “The Hard Way,”  Molly Mouse asks him what will happen if they walk in between instead of choosing one of the paths. The bird explains then they can see everything. “There’s no judgment. No right or wrong.”  He also says once you’ve moved beyond desire and fear you’ll find the light. I feel this message can easily be miscontrued by a young mind. Not judging others and accepting our differences is important, as is not being ruled by your desires and fears, but there is always going to be right and wrong. Even for those who don’t believe in the Bible or follow the Ten Commandments, there are going to be laws that tell us what is acceptable and not acceptable behavior in our society. Without them, all that is left is anarchy.

Jacobson also writes books for adults on spiritual topics. All his books geared toward adults have received numerous 5-star Amazon reviews, so In Search of the Light would probably be a good way for these men and women to share those beliefs with their children. This book will be released on June 1, 2011. It can be pre-ordered at Amazon.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Conscious Living Publications
  • ISBN-10: 1890580058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890580056
  • SRP:  $16.99

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    I received a free copy of this book from the author and his publicist in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation to share my opinions.

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