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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
We don’t always get along with those we love. Sometimes making up and forgiving the other person is difficult to do. But, if we allow the hurt to consume us, then it will magnify and create other problems. That’s what happened to Queen Rain and King Wind. They became consumed with grief and hurt, so much so that they couldn’t remember how it all began. And Queen Rain kept crying, preventing King Wind from blowing the clouds away. That was affecting the natural cycle of life in the world around them. The elves were worried. They took care of the gardens. They nurtured the seeds and helped them grow. But, with too much rain, the seeds would rot and the bees couldn’t fly and pollinate when it was raining. There would be no harvest until Queen Rain and King Wind settled their differences and learned to focus on their love again.
Ina Curic’s picture book story, Queen Rain, King Wind: The Practice of Heart Gardening, is full of lessons for all of us, young and old. Through a gentle revelation of a journey through a very wet spring, the plot develops as the elves, who called them heart gardeners, sought to remedy the problems escalating in the now sodden growing season. They approach Queen Rain and King Wind and help the loving royal couple sort out their problems and learn to love again. We don’t always have to agree with those we love, but we shouldn’t stop loving each other, and through communication we can resolve most problems. The book comes complete with a game to help us all through a journey of appreciation. There’s also a place at the end of the book to enter our own personal thoughts on love and appreciation – the Joy Journal. A very useful and well presented book.