Friday, January 10, 2014

Book Review ~ How to Be Alone poem by Tanya Davis, illustrations by Andrea Dorfman

Title: How to Be Alone
Author: poem by Tanya Davis, illustrations by Andrea Dorfman
Release Date: October 22nd 2013 (first published October 20th 2013)
Published By: Harper
Page Amount: 128 pages, Hardcover

GoodReads Blurb: 
A charming and deeply poignant illustrated poem based on the popular viral Internet video that has captured the hearts of millions worldwide.

If you are at first lonely, be patient.
If you're not been alone much, or if when you were, you weren't okay with it, then just wait . . .

From a solitary walk in the woods to sitting unaccompanied on a city park bench to eating a meal and even dancing alone, certain activities can feel strange when you're on your own. We rarely treasure those moments, even though there are abundant possibilities and delights waiting to be discovered when we have the time to just be with ourselves. Tanya Davis's words and Andrea Dorfman's beautiful illustrations soothe the disquiet that accompanies this fear of aloneness, and celebrate the power of solitude to change our views of ourselves and the world. How to Be Alone reveals how, removed from the noise and distractions of other lives, we can find acceptance and grace within.

For those who have never been by themselves, or for those who relish being on their own, this moving work encourages us to recognize and embrace the possibilities of being alone—and reminds us of a universe of joy, peace, and discovery waiting to unfold.

I saw this book on the YouTube channel BookRatMisty. I thought that the concept of an illustrated poem put into a book sounded so wonderful. 

I got this in the mail a couple of days ago. A couple of my friends were over and they both read the book sitting right there at the dining room table. They went on for about five or ten minutes about how wonderful this book was, so I said "I guess that I should read this tonight." They replied "Definitely." 

So, of course, that night I read this book before I dove into the other book that I've been reading. I absolutely loved this! First of all, the poem itself is wonderful! It really conveys that it is okay to spend time alone or to not be going out with someone, for instance. I think that society places a lot of importance on both of these things. Society says that we shouldn't want to spend time alone and that we should always be going out with someone. So much so, that many of us feel like doing the opposite is frowned upon. This poem lets you know that these things are okay. It also walks you through step by step how to get comfortable with being alone. The poem starts out with acceptable places to be alone. (The bathroom, for example). My favorite is the library. From those places Tanya Davis takes us through a course, almost, as to how to be comfortable being alone in other places. 

To top it all off, the illustrations are beautiful. Such vibrant colors are used throughout. And these are full page illustrations that just add to the poem on the page. My favorite illustrations are probably of the girl sitting in the library amid a long bookshelf and feet swimming in the water of a pool. The way that the blues and greens blended together in that illustration was just amazing. 

So, all in all, this poem coupled with these illustrations is a huge hit. I would recommend this book to anybody and everybody. A most definite 5 stars! 

<3 Amanda Leigh

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