An alphabet book with a difference, The Alphabet for Life is an a-z featuring words designed to empower and inspire its readers. Parked with amazing illustrations, quotes for inspirational individuals and themes that the whole family should life life by, this book is mindfulness at its best.
I was intrigued when I read about The Alphabet For Life as I love the idea of mindfulness and inspiring children at a young age to understand their feelings and surroundings and be grateful for their lives. This Alphabet book works in that exact way, inspiring while making children think.
Myself and Spike sat down to read the book together. Spike has just started school and is learning to read pretty quickly. She obviously struggled with some of the words in the book as they weren’t necessarily words she’s familiar with. But the amazing thing about children this age is the questions they ask. Every time she was faced with a word she didn’t know, she repeated it then asked its meaning, so the book prompted conversion as well as alphabet learning.
The illustrations throughout the book are bold and beautiful. A lot of the time they were relating to the word used, but sometimes they would relate to the quote about that word, or the person quoted. My favourite page was definitely ‘I is for Ikigai’ which is a word myself and my partner had literally spoken about the day before this book arrived. I love the Japanese word meaning ‘a reason to get up in the morning’ and I absolutely loved the bold illustration used for the page.
Quotes from the book ranged from singers (Lana Del Ray) to Authors (Elizabeth Gilbert and Darren Hardy) to philosophers like Confucius. I think one of my favourite quotes in the book was the one linked to ‘Y is for …Yet’ as it was ‘I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.’ By Vincent Van Gogh.
This was so as cool book to share with Spike as, like I’ve said, it encouraged a lot of questions. More of which are sure to come with more readings. I am glad its now part of our collection and we will be able to inspire her with amazing quotes and words as she grows.
Disclaimer: My copy of The Alphabet For Life was sent to me in exchange for an honest review as part of the books blog tour. The next stop on the tour will be at Kirstyes tomorrow.