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.


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
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

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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.

- Joanna Macy

"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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