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Nature is much more than just beauty to behold. Nature, animals, and plants can all teach powerful lessons to humans. Carolyn Nones Vazquez shares her wisdom in her new children’s book, Kin. The premise for this book is that all nature is kin. As such, the wise human looks to the animals and nature to learn life lessons. The big lesson we all need to understand is that no matter how different we look, we are still kin and should strive to work together in harmony. Grace is a young girl who listens intently to her grandmother’s wisdom. Her grandmother teaches her the lessons one can learn if one manages to be quiet and observe all around them. Since all creatures feel love, pain, fear, hurt, joy, and sadness, we must respect and care for all.
What do bears, foxes, eagles, deer, coyotes, rabbits, and nature have in common? They teach humans important lessons and when we learn to pay attention to nature, we learn much about living in harmony. For example, coyotes teach how to live in a community. All animals have a kinship to each other. We can all learn from others, bringing the message home that even though people come in all sizes, shapes, and colors, we are all human and kin. Carolyn Nones Vazquez uses folklore to teach the reader of Kin lessons for life. Read this book with your children and discover the valuable lessons each animal teaches.