Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Om Baby-Green Books Campaign

2010

This is a bright and colorfully-done book with a small, elfin-like, one-eyed creature.  "Hi, My name is Om Baby.  I am an Om Being from a small community called Omville.  I have only one eye because I see the world and all beings as one."  Om is the Sanskrit word and symbol meaning "all that is."  The book has a beautiful fluidity to it, with each picture accompanying simple text.

Om Baby is peaceful. 
Om Baby is kind.
Om Baby believes in the power of his  mind.

I like what Horsfield was going for but I wanted more.  Even the youngest reader can understand so much more and I felt she was just touching the surface of this one-eyed beings feeling toward the earth and the world around us. 

I loved this one:
Om Baby eats his greens.

Accompanied by a picture of a green garden, growing carrots, sunflowers, radishes or beets, corn, pumpkins with a sun blazing down.  Om Baby is shown eating his greens-like arugula! 

Check out Shamet Horsfield's interesting website.  You can sign a petition for peace while you there. She has a good story to tell and as someone on the outside edge myself, I can understand her need to create a book that represents her philosophy. I hope she continues to create, pulling more peaceful ideas into a deeper story. 

This review is part of the Green Books Campaign. Click on Green Books to find the list of 200 books being reviewed by participating bloggers today. 
This review is part of the Green Books campaign. 

    Today 200 bloggers take a stand to support books printed in an eco-friendly manner by simultaneously publishing reviews of 200 books printed on recycled or FSC-certified paper. By turning a spotlight on books printed using eco- friendly paper, we hope to raise the awareness of book buyers and encourage everyone to take the environment into consideration when purchasing books.