4 out of 4 stars
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What is the key to true happiness? That Place of Knowledge by Philip Alan Shalka answers that question. It is surprisingly thought provoking for a book of only 22 pages (counting from the introduction to the end of the story). It falls under the other fiction genre.
Sabre is an autism assistance dog who can’t wait to finish his training. Upon completing his training, he is assigned to Philip. Sabre is happy with his new partner. He feels that with Philip, he can attain the greatness he is destined for. Something in Philip’s eyes tells him that they are sure to have lots of fun adventures together. Sure enough, they soon find themselves in a magnificent Greek city, where anything is possible. It is a place full of inspiration, hope, and knowledge. To Sabre's utter surprise, they meet up with one of the greatest minds in human history, Aristotle.
I was inspired by this book. The author conveys to us the importance of celebrating our own individual uniqueness. It is by being unique that people are able to have different ideas, in turn, different ideas lead to new, exciting discoveries. An important point, however, is that to use that uniqueness to your advantage, you must work hard. This hard work will be most effective when you use your own methods.
I wish I had read this book back in my school days. I would have appreciated the value of maths and science. I learned how essential these subjects are to training the mind and to attaining higher thinking. The ability to master these subjects all lie in a person's attitude and desire to learn.
The book is written from Sabre's perspective. This made it more appealing to me, because Sabre is just so adorable. He is a happy, helpful dog with a love for adventure. I also enjoyed the simple, concise writing style, because of this, the book flows and is easy to read. I finished it quite quickly, but I found myself rereading it, just to get a second dose of inspiration.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The clear, simple writing style, the messages it carries, and my beloved Sabre of course, all make it a book worth reading. It is clear that it was well edited, I found not a single mistake. This is a great book for teenagers and young adults as it fosters a positive attitude towards learning.
That Place of Knowledge
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