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Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite
We all have a past, and the past comes with baggage. What one does with the baggage will affect their life now and in the future. In Baggage by Laurel Lorenzini, children learn how to handle their baggage and how much better life is when they let go of their baggage. In this children’s picture book, Micha has many opportunities to have some fun adventures, but he rejects them because of the baggage he is carrying. Baggage can be various pains from our past such as sadness, fear, being different, being a misfit, or even worry. These are joy robbers and must be released to enjoy life to the fullest. When all of Micha’s baggage rolls away, he is free to enjoy the things he had been missing out on. It is then he realizes that he is good enough and doesn’t need to cling to the past.
I spent over 40 years teaching people how to let go of their baggage and learn to live in the present. I highly recommend Baggage by Laurel Lorenzini as a vital resource for children on how to overcome their past and baggage. This book is beautifully illustrated by Amanda Letcher. Her illustrations add flair to the interesting story of Micha and his baggage. The mere weight of baggage can be paralyzing and feel extremely liberating when it is removed. As you read this delightful book with your child, spend time discussing their fears and how to handle them. Explain that baggage and fear are big bullies that can be overcome by accepting the truth that your child is good enough just as they are. Learning to release baggage will be transforming for children and serve them well as they go through life.