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Reviewed by Dinorah Blackman for Readers' Favorite
In this second book, Steve Zimcosky describes the beautiful relationship that develops between a young boy and an elderly gentleman named John. Every summer, this boy would spend some time with his grandparents in Smock. One of their neighbors was taking the time to teach him Qigong and Tai Chi exercises to improve his mental and physical health. John explains each movement as he teaches it to the young boy. He takes the time to make sure the boy understands the importance and the health benefits of each exercise. As time passes, the young boy learns much more than just movements from John. At the end of the summer, the boy returns to sixth grade with more self-confidence and is able to approach his teachers and classmates boldly. A short time later, the boy suffers a great loss and wonders whether he will be able to continue learning from John.
The Old Man From The Hill is an interesting book, especially for those who have always wanted to learn more about the ancient arts of Qigong and Tai Chi. The story is written in a way that makes it easy to understand. The book includes diagrams and clear explanations regarding how each movement must be done and the benefits of each exercise. This makes it easy for anyone who is interested to follow and imitate. The book encourages the reader to get involved in some form of exercise program, especially in the outdoors where one can enjoy the beauty of nature.