Wise at Heart: Children and Adults share words of Wisdom

ImageWise at Heart: Children and Adults share words of Wisdom
Brody Hearman, Dr. Richard Steckel and Michele Steckel
Kid Can Press, 2010
p. 72, $19.95
Age: 7-11
Reviewed by Shamron Spence

Wise at Heart contains words of wisdom in the form of quotes from more then 400 children and adults and illustrated with photo of children from 18 countries. The first two pages of this book provide readers with an explanation about the journey for wisdom as well as some explanation of terms. The information in the book is divided into four sections “Wise Inside,” “Peace Wise,” “Nature Wise”, and “Some Wise Good-byes”. The end of the book provides parents and teachers some tools to encourage children to reflect on the different words of wisdom presented and engage children reading this book to develop their inner “wisdom catcher”. While the book has a nice and glossy look, there is no connection between the images and words of wisdom on a page. The images draw your attention away from the words and more towards the photographs. One thing that bothered me about this book is that the reader is unaware of where these photos come from, or who these children photographed are. I think this book could be a good tool in the classrooms; however this is not the type of book you can read cover to cover.