About the Book
Harpi the eagle discovers her inner voice that guides her to Sully, a boy with a glow. Sully is unaware of his glow until he discovers he has the capacity to help someone in need. After he meets Harpi, together they meet more friends who each in turn have their own issues that heal and transform through their encounters with one another. Eventually with their combined energy, they transform the world they live in. Sad Sully becomes Smiling Sully, Hopeless Harp becomes Hopeful Harpi, Perfect Parrot becomes Pitch Perfect Parrot, Greedy Giraffe becomes Grateful Giraffe and Cranky Croc turns into Courageous Croc.
Hopeless Harpi is feeling sad and lost. Her home has been destroyed and she can’t find anyone to help her build a new one. Her inner voice tells her to look for a boy with a mystic glow. She then looks for and finds Sad Sully in a nearby town. With a little help and kindness toward each other, Sad Sully becomes Smiling Sully and Hopeless Harpi becomes Hopeful Harpi. Moving forward in the story, they help more friends find their spark. The group forms a bond and shares the happiness they found in each other to brighten up this lonely world.
This children’s book has amazing illustrations. They vary from majestic full-page to simple single drawings, which make the book more interesting for toddlers to read. The story is written like a long poem and the rhymes bring magic in every line.
It has four short chapters that can be read separately but chronologically. This makes the reading experience flexible as moms (or dads) can read the book as one big bedtime story, or they can just pick one chapter if the little one is already dozing off to dreamland.
It’s wonderful how a children’s book like this can discuss longing, worthlessness, depression, and isolation in such a fun and easy way. The young ones will not only go to bed smiling; they will also learn a lesson or two on how to be compassionate.
About the Author
Born in Sri Lanka in 1979, Simi Godagama moved to England at the age of two and has lived in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, ever since. She studied Osteopathic, Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine and today runs the Milton Keynes Acupuncture Clinic where she specialises in women’s health, mental health and fertility. Godagama founded the RuRi Foundation in 2019 which supports educational initiatives in Sri Lanka. She is the mother of six-year-old daughters conceived through IVF.
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