Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty HC


Illustrated by Mayumi Oda

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With beautifully crafted words and exuberant watercolor illustrations, Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty offers a poetic and empowering message for world peace. Recognizing "we are right on the edge of destroying ourselves," this modern allegory inspires taking joyful steps to end violence. It expands upon the idea that "we are all in the circle together," and presents a timeless parable for readers of all ages. The Haiku-like text delivers a call to "make a new earth grow beneath our feet."

In the playful style of 12th century Japanese picture scrolls, Mayumi Oda's art depicts humans as animals who lose their way when their leaders become confused and drawn to violence. It is up to each individual—the frog who plants a thriving garden, the cat who supports an elderly neighbor as they walk—to create a better world through simple acts of kindness. The message of this book is the sweet realization that each person can become an agent of goodness and beauty.

This twentieth-anniversary, full-color edition, with a new foreword by venerable peacemaker Desmond Tutu, is dedicated to Fukushima recovery in the face of world climate crises. All royalties will be donated to community resiliency across boundaries and antinuclear advocacy.

Details

Title Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty HC
Edition First Edition
Illustrated by Mayumi Oda
Publisher New Village Press
BISAC Subject Heading OCC000000 BODY, MIND & SPIRIT
JUV000000 JUVENILE FICTION
PHI000000 PHILOSOPHY
School Level North American school grade range
Audience 02 Children/juvenile
US Library of Congress classification (LCC) B CLASS B - PHILOSOPHY. PSYCHOLOGY. RELIGION
Audience Theme: Human resilience and survival is dependent on our ability to strive for goodness and create peace. We all have the power.
Credit Anne Herbert, Margaret Paloma Pavel, Mayumi Oda
Title First Published 30 September 2014
Subject Scheme Identifier Code      93 Thema subject category: VX      93 Thema subject category: YFB      93 Thema subject category: QD
Format Hardcover
Book Trade Category International edition (US)
Nb of pages 36 p.
Product Detail With printed dust jacket
ISBN-10 1-61332-015-9
ISBN-13 978-1-61332-015-0
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781613320150
Publication Date 30 September 2014
Publication New York, United States
Main content page count 36
Absolute page count 40
Word Count 279
Illustrations full-spread watercolors depict story through animal characters
18 illustrations, color
Dimensions 7 x 8.3 in.
Weight 6 oz.
List Price $15.95
 

Excerpt

[from the Foreword]

"We can indeed transform the world, and we are each called to take part in this sacred work. Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty offers this simple and powerful message of wisdom and hope. Wherever you are, you can create beauty. Moment by moment, you can create joy. Instant by instant, you can offer kindness."
— Desmond Mpilo Tutu, Soweto, 2014


Additional Materials

Summary: "Humans are depicted as animals who show how survival is tied to choices for either violence or compassion. The theme is that every person has the power to create peace and joy in the world through simple actions"

Reviews

Press Reviews

This is the real article, brought to us by streetwise bodhisattva, Anne Herbert, who authored the phrase you see on walls and bumperstickers, and Margaret Pavel, word wizard, systems thinker and global therapist, along with Dharma artist Mayumi Oda, whose wondrous frogs remind us that this time we awaken with all beings.
Good things come in small packages. About as long as the Heart Sutra (I counted the words), it distills -- in ordinary, inspired language -- all we need to know right now in order to let our lives count in building a sustainable world. It tells us about the kind of power we each have right now to take choice -- and the delight that can be ours, if we are not afraid to seize it.
- Joanna Macy



Experts

"This exquisite book offers guidance to us all."
-Alice Walker

"Wow! This book is amazing. The message is so important and relevant! I believe that we all have the power! I love the way this book sends this message of goodness to children. Children are the future and this book conveys HOPE! It is rich in language, thought provoking and positive."
-Marla Conn


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