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It's a Bright World to Feel Lost In Paperback – 22 Jun 2017
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It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In is a fascinating and valuable little book.
At first glance the bright pictures and simple, large print words seem to place the book in young-child reading territory, but as the meaning of the words sink in you realise that these are more appropriate sentiments for adult understanding.
Mawson ponders the life of a teddy bear from waiting to be chosen by that beloved someone, to the joys of love and adventure, to the emptiness as your loved one grows away from you, the quiet fulfilment to be found within yourself, and finally the hope of love again.
Obviously these lessons apply to us humans who have maybe loved and lost, or whose little bears have vacated for their own dens.
For a little book there is a large emotional impact here, which reverses the sentiments in the title. First the reader is taken through the lows of feeling lost, then reminded of all the love and beauty still there to be found in this ‘Bright World’.
This is a perfect little gift for close friends, family or for yourself, just as a reminder that you are loved and not alone.
When you’re feeling most crumpled
you can almost hear the aching sound of being searched for.
– Mawson, It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In
Review by Steph Warren of Bookshine and Readbows blog
Right, a couple of things to get out of the way first. If, as I suspect many will initially think, this is a book for children then I would have criticisms because of the fairly random use of upper case letters and some of the bear-like spellings in the pictures which undermine my sense of what is perfect modelling for literacy. And It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In could easily be shared with children and their own bears to help them feel safe and loved.
However, It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In is actually more a book for adults. Substitute the word bear for human or person and you have a book that provides solace in loss, friendship in loneliness and an understanding of what it means when someone you love is no longer with you.
I really liked this book. It is essentially a picture book for grown ups and I loved the quality of the photographs and the variety of bears included. I also really appreciated the emotional sentiments in the writing. Life is indeed very often baffling and I think we’ve all experienced ‘the aching sound of being searched for’ in our lives at some point.
It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In is a book about optimism, searching for new adventures and making the most of life and love. I can imagine a parent whose child is starting school or university sobbing over this book and I loved the concept that a bear can listen when no-one else will. It might sound ridiculous, but It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In brought a tear to my eye.
If you’re looking for a gift for someone who is struggling with life at the moment, I think It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In would make a wonderful present.
This book made me smile. This book made my heart sing. This is a gentle book which children could read for themselves or parents or carers could read to a non-reading child with their own teddy bear sitting on their lap. However, it is not really a children’s book; grown- ups who are feeling a bit baffled by life and all its anomalies could – and should – read it for themselves. It will make their hearts sing too and they will comfort in the short breezy captions.
One of my favourite captions is ‘That squeezy bit in the middle of a hug? That’s Home.’
This book is a reminder that all of us want to be loved and that sometimes, talking to a teddy bear can be the best thing in the world. They don’t judge; they listen to all our secrets; and they’re there for us at the end of the day – what could be better than a furry confidante, who asks for nothing in return.
This book was given to me by the author for an honest review.
The book is full of wonderful photographs of the ‘author’ and his friends, accompanied by words that really speak to you. These are words of comfort so that you can understand that you are never alone in how you are feeling, whether you feel lost in the world or just need a bit of reassurance.
I think the book is very sweet, imaginative and filled with love. When you are feeling down, alone, lost you don’t want to be reading some bulky self-help book to give you a pick-me-up, you need something that is short and to the point and one that can even put a smile on your face. This is that book.
This is the first book in a planned series and I can’t wait to see what wisdom and knowledge Mawson has to share in his later books. Whilst the book is aimed at adults, I do feel that some older children could benefit from this book too.
Book Reviewed on Whispering Stories Book Blog
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily reviewed