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"The message about getting community help is strong, and Culpepper's fantastical setting lends itself well to its exploration... ...illustrations emphasize the fairy-tale feel... A meditation on speaking one's needs witha good message..."
- Kirkus Review
"This book is such an adorable story to help kids learn that they are not alone and that sharing feelings can really help bring you out of your loneliness. In these times when our kids are so impacted by the pandemic and other stressors, it's great to have a book we can share to start a dialog with our kids."
- April C. (Goodreads)
"This enchanting book combines lovely artwork with a powerful story about love and compassion for others. The lyrical quality of the writing is especially noteworthy. The verses stand out and some are quite memorable. Perfect for children from two to elementary school age."
- John R. (Amazon)
"This book is very timely in our world of confusion, anxiety and seeking a place to share feelings. I’m sure that this book will benefit kids as
they find encouragement and validation to their emotional feelings as well as a way to express them. Highly recommend to teachers, parents and even for those in a counseling setting."
- Janice A. (Goodreads)
"Beautiful illustrations and a moving book to read to a child. It demonstrates a safe place to let children know it’s okay to talk about your emotions and feelings with family, friends and new friends. Highly recommend!"
- Karen L. (Goodreads)
Original Recommendations, Descriptions and References by Kristin Addington Culpepper
“I’ve tried to keep current with Kristin's posts. She is a remarkable young woman, wise beyond her years!!!! I ordered a number of the books she recommended. They have all arrived and are waiting for the grandchildren to arrive for a visit. I love her book reviews and they are so accurate!”
“Kristin's booklists are SO much fun! Not only for kids, but for us adults, too. The nostalgia I receive from traveling through her well-thought-out picture book recommendations (many of which I remember from my childhood) is something I try to share with my nieces on our weekly babysitting nights. Thanks, Kristin!"
“Weave Sunshine Publishing's picture booklists are the reason my 7 year old daughter is finally more open-minded to reading! We will definitely be keeping up with the months ahead and can't wait to discover more favorites!"
The Weekly Wonder
Blog and Podcast by Kristin Addington Culpepper
You are deeply in Divine-Doing my friend. Your showing up has equated in SO MUCH, and here specifically - intuiting, channeling, and riding the waves of the unknown toward an unseeable shore. You are allowing Mastery to mold you. It’s breathtaking.
You WoW me 🥳
This weaves beautifully into the bountiful offerings of nature, of Mother Earth, and how moving into relationship with her, unfolds us in such meaningful ways. She teaches us beauty, awe, reverence, adaptability, generosity, perseverance, strength, innovation, tenderness, and reveals the exquisite connectivity of all things, and our responsibility in this highly diversified, relational, and cooperative dynamic.
You are a joy to behold.
I learn so much from your boldness and bravery.
You are so very on purpose 🙏🏻🙌🏻❤️
Keep being you Sister.
I love how this piece thoughtfully brings to light the responsibility of parents in their own personal healing. You are certainly weaving sunshine! The rays from parents emit upon their children and this piece calls parents to rise and stand in their light and power in a way that lovingly displays how peace is not only our birth right, but our responsibility to serve, share, and uphold, so we may teach through our BEING. By parents nurturing this in their own self they actually transmit a clear message to their children and untether BOTH of them from ancestral ties which may bind. AND, as we all know, it heals the lineage as a whole. 🙌🏻
WOW Kristen! 🙏❤️. Thank you for kicking your ego doubt voice to the curb and listening to your higher Soul self. You nailed it in the Cosmic Truth department. Thank you, thank you, thank you for creating and sharing this beautiful platform with the world. It is our children who need to be lifted out of the chaos we and generations before us have created out of our ignorance, fears and confusion. The future is in their hands and being able to connect to their Divine Self and Power of Love means the future can and will be bright. I got God bumps as I listened to the truth pour out of your heart and soul and soothe the heartache of the world we see outside of ourselves. Keep going Sister, you are definitely living your life’s Divine purpose, right on time. I love you! 😍❤️😘
“It is perfect and clearly downloaded from Divine Source. You listened and aligned with your highest purpose. Thank you! 🙏❤️
A Sneak Peak of The Next Children’s Picture Books and Poems Written by Kristin
Overall Portfolio Review/Feedback on my Poetry by
Writer, Editor & Coach, Ann L. Stapleton:
There is a dear, brave, compassionate, bright spirit animating Kristin’s poems—an optimistic lover of life whose greatest fear is that someone somewhere might be missing out on all the incredible beauty, excitement, fulfillment, and yes, fun this life affords. You can’t learn this or acquire it. You simply have it or you don’t. And Kristin does. It’s lovely!
Love for Nature:
Kristin’s genuine and deep regard for nature and animals is lovely and very hopeful and finds its way into so many of her poems. Beautiful, how she advocates for other creatures and for the green world itself. Her poems say, to everyone and everything, and in such a healing way, “Live!”
The speakers in Kristin’s poems often inspire in the reader a high level of confidence and a desire to follow along wherever the path may take him, and this conviction that the journey will be worthwhile is seldom misplaced. Whether to the mysteries of nature, around the campfire of family life, or in the wilderness of a child’s own heart, she is a good guide.
Belief in Taking Action:
In Kristin’s work, the heights of being are to be reached, yes, but that is just the beginning of a journey that also requires action. She reminds the reader that life is not just to be observed and understood, but truly lived.
So many of Kristin’s poems extend heartfelt, essential invitations to others to “taste and see” this magical world we are so blessed to inhabit. Her poems are filled with many instances of an admirable generosity (both intellectual and emotional) as she seeks to bring everyone into the beautiful circle of life. Lovely!
So often Kristin’s poems reach out to rescue lost souls, misfits, or those who are isolated by their own self-doubt. This kindness and refusal to let loneliness win is one of the great gifts of her work. I can imagine that there are many children out there who are in need of her words of reassurance and comfort. This is such a lovely mission to embark upon!
Kristin’s poems exhibit a fine eye and ear for the comedic moments in life, particularly with regard to (though not limited to) the behavior of children. And she has a wonderful ability seemingly to report from inside the mind and heart of a little one, helping the reader feel supported in knowing (or remembering) what consequential work it is, this business of growing up.
The poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, describing the natural world in his “God’s Grandeur,” writes: “There lives the dearest freshness deep down things,” and I was reminded of this line as I read over Kristin’s poems. Her heart is wide open to this world and her expression is natural and feels newmade.
Kristin’s poems unfailingly exhibit a wonderful degree of empathy, and this ability to enter into the cares and hopes and daily ways of other lives is fundamental to all good poetry. And this is such an important quality to model for the younger generation. Caring begets more of the same, a lovely cycle.
Kristin has a wonderful vocabulary—flexible and diverse, and capable of encompassing deep adult concerns as well as those of children. She possesses a remarkable ability to render the world around her into the charming, honest, heartfelt language of childhood. Lovely.
Wonderful how Kristin’s poems foster a spirit of genuine caring and inclusivity. No one is left out or forgotten. Each one is taken by the hand and pulled close to the hearth to be warmed by human love and acceptance. All are welcome within the gently powerful, powerfully gentle blessing of her words.
An intrepid, can-do, let’s find the way together spirit informs all Kristin’s poems and gives the reader (especially the young one, I imagine) needed courage and excitement with regard to her own life in all its possibilities. This is a wonderful gift to hold out to others, and you never know how very much it might be needed.
Kristin’s work finds what is beautiful and good in the world and then, not content to hoard such wonder for itself, continually reaches out to others to come share in the abundance and beauty she finds. A lovely sort of sharing indeed! One of her highest gifts.
Advocacy for LIFE:
As Robert Frost said of himself, yours is a “lover’s quarrel” with the world, characterized not by bitterness or rejection or a desire to destroy, but by a deep and abiding fondness. This animates all Kristin’s work and communicates itself to the reader as an urgent call for full-throttle participation in life and a kind reassurance that joy will come from that.
Love of Language:
Kristin’s love for words and innate understanding of their power to teach, comfort, and extend love to whoever might be in need of it is evident in all your poems. Beautiful! Just keep doing what you do, Kristin!
Respect for Young Hearts:
Kristin’s poems are always respectful of children’s experiences, their deep affections and fondest hopes, and she clearly knows and remembers how thrilling-difficult it is to be a little person in a very big world. She comes alongside young ones and invites them to grow upward without ever talking down to them. One of Kristin’s most characteristic and lovely gifts.
Kristin is fearless with regard to subject matter and will enthusiastically take up any topic that suggests itself to her. Yes! Poetry is all about taking any moment at all that signifies, no matter how controversial or usually set aside, and creating a home for that experience in words.
Kristin’s poems are informed by a bold, intrepid spirit that communicates a deep and justified confidence in life and all it holds for us, if only we have the courage to go out and meet it. She is a bold explorer of Life with a capital L! And this encourages the reader to follow suit.
Kristin does a wonderful job of communicating excellent values (for children—or anyone, really) in her poems. Honesty, reverence for life, good stewardship, and the Golden Rule infuse her poems with light and offer the reader (especially children) a worthy path to follow in a sometimes confused and chaotic, even at times cruel, world. Good for her!
Joy in the Work:
Kristin clearly is living her purpose in writing her lovely poems and she exhibits a blissful attitude when immersed in creative activity. Nice to observe such a happy gardener moving along the green rows of language! And to enjoy the fruits of this labor.