To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness.
Beautiful book with a wonderful message. Sadly, the author passed away in 2018, at the young age of 43. This book is a wonderful way to remember her. The bright, colorful, soothing illustrations perfectly compliment the story, which progresses from hectic daily routine to much needed break and enjoyment of the simple, natural wonders all around us. Many kids and parents will quickly relate to this book. This is a great bedtime story or for any child to read on their own. Very calming and refreshing.
Life's super speed takes a well, needed break in this very relatable tale.
Get up, run to the bus, hurry to class... The day goes on and on, faster and faster as this child does its best to make it through the day. But after the work is done, life flips and maybe, doesn't have to be as fast as thought.
Almost every child will relate to this book. From the minute morning starts, the day hurries by as the school routine takes over. The constant hectic to do everything, which is expected is brought across very clearly. The kid in these pages rushes to and fro in the exact same way most listeners do themselves. When everything switches gear and slows down, listeners will again identify with the fun play and relaxation bring. The difference between fast and slow is obvious, and the message behind it too.
The illustrations bring across the hectic motion, set familiar scenes and add a tiny, dash of light-heartedness, too. But there's also the sense of empathy. It's a sweet picture book, which encourages listeners to take a break every now and then because these are just as important as the constant hurrying about.
I received an ARC and found this to be a book many kids can identify with.
HURRY UP: A BOOK ABOUT SLOWING DOWN perfectly encapsulates a child’s feeling of rushing through life. The simple rhyming text and engaging pictures initially display the chaotic sensation of speeding through activities and the calming, joyful sentiment in slowing things down. When the boy stops hurrying, he suddenly appears happier and notices beauty all around him. This book is so well done and its powerful message is sure to resonate with children and adults alike.
A big thank you to the publisher for sharing this book with me in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2020
Hurry Up! A Book About Slowing Down is brilliant! A young boy and his dog hurry everywhere. They hurry up and down and all around until they finally STOP! When the boy slows down and LISTENS, he hears and sees nature and wonder everywhere. He is able to enjoy the stars at night and listen to the buzz of insects. When he slows down, he can take a breath and relax. The joy of slowing down and finding the end of one's own rainbow is celebrated. We all need a happy story about slowing down right now.
Illustrations by Christopher Silas Neal shows the boy's harried, manic state in the beginning of the story and later nighttime illustrations in deep blue mimic the end of the day and bedtime. This is sure to become a favorite bedtime read. A must have for any child!