4 out of 4 stars
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The Bird Ride by Wade. W. Bergner is a unique children's book that is both a story and a guided meditation for young readers. The tale begins with a child, Wade, playing in his yard. He is imagining that he is travelling all over the world, when a strange bird lands nearby. The boy feels connected to the bird, and he goes with the bird on an eye-opening flight. On the ride, the boy learns about energy and love. After the ride is over and Wade is back in his yard, he realizes that he is meant to share what he has learned with those around him.
This book is so creative, unique, and relaxing. I have never seen a book quite like this one. The plot is interesting, and the characters are vividly described, which, when combined with the colorful illustrations, make it easy to form a mental picture that goes along with the story. This, in turn, makes the guided mediation aspect of The Bird Ride effective. I found myself becoming aware of my breathing alongside Wade and picturing his journey.
While the plot, characters, and relaxing meditation are delightful, my favorite parts are the messages Bergner is sharing with his audience. His book teaches the importance of love and of slowing down, stepping back, and having a little fun, which are messages that most everyone could benefit from hearing once in a while. I cannot come up with anything that I do not like about this book, and the only errors I found were two missing commas.
I rate The Bird Ride by Wade W. Bergner 4 out of 4 stars. It is entertaining and enlightening, and the messages that it teaches are ones that, in my opinion, everyone needs. The pictures are bright, and the book is nearly flawless.
This is a book that I would recommend for children around 8 and older for independent reading, but it is suitable for younger children if an adult is reading to them or helping them read. It has advanced words that will help boost a child's vocabulary. I would also recommend this book for busy adults who want to get in touch with their inner child.
The Bird Ride
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