Lolli and the Thank You Tree

Meditation Adventures for Kids, Book 2

Children - Social Issues
36 Pages
Reviewed on 11/05/2016
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Author Biography

Elena Paige loves telling stories which inspire and transform young readers. She writes from the heart, and especially loves weaving magic into many of her books. Some of her stories are based on real life events and some are cleverly crafted in her imagination. She never releases a book without running it past her two marketing consultants - her daughter, aged 10 who inspects all books for elements of magic, and her son 13, who insists every story must include humor. Of course they don't always get their way!

As a child she was constantly reading Enid Blyton books and now insists that magic is REAL! Her fiction stories help children think and feel more positively about themselves and life.

On Sunday mornings you can find her hiding under her doona cover reading, while her children are wondering where their favorite book has disappeared to.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Carla Trueheart for Readers' Favorite

I cannot say enough good things about this book! Lolli and the Thank You Tree features a group of three stories for children that will grab the young reader from the first page with a fun, authentic narrator. From there, the reader is swept away into an imaginative world with thank you trees, colored balls, travels inside of bubbles, Buddha plants, magic dust, and Mysterious Munchies. Lolli is a positive narrator, and one that should inspire children through her colorful adventures. At the heart of the book is a lesson on meditation for children, all of them guided through these imaginative worlds. The book is quite unique, with an emphasis on wishes, choices, and keeping away negativity and focusing on all the good in life. This is an interactive book that parents should read to their children.

The illustrations in Lolli and the Thank You Tree were fun and appropriate while not overpowering the story. With a focus on imagination, the illustrations were just right — not too much was taken away from the child’s own thought process. In addition, the book entices children to think on their own and answer questions. Heaven and angels are portrayed in a positive, non-threatening way, making the child reader feel safe through these meditative journeys. Themes of love, kindness, happiness, and positivity are explored, all with a gentle, identifiable narrator that author Elena Paige constructs with authenticity and ease. I highly recommend this book to parents who want to explore the world of meditation and imagination with their children. It should bring plenty of smiles!

Tshombye K. Ware

Lolli and the Thank You Tree by Elena Paige is a wonderfully illustrated book of empowerment. Book Two continues the adventure of discovery in which young readers will travel on the paths of their imaginations. Lolli continues the adventure of fun as young readers journey to a place of imagination as joy rains down. For those who have read Book One, Book Two will open the door to your imagination.

The overall feel of the book is to instill confidence and self awareness. The author has created another wonderfully illustrated book. This creation entertains and educates. The fact that readers can be taught a valuable lesson while engaging joyfully is a beautiful combination. Throughout the book, the phrase "Thank you" is mentioned. When we are thankful for things, it allows life to take a course of joy.

The book is written in such a way that children will actually feel a part of the story. I can see the delight on the faces of children as they take the journey with Lolli. The author's writing style is captivating and endearing. The book flows at a fun pace and allows readers to absorb the adventure in its fullness. You can feel the author's love for children exemplified throughout the book. Not everyone can write for children. It takes a certain mind set, gifted with compassion and humility to create books for children. This author stands among the selected few. I recommend this book to children everywhere.

Jack Magnus

Lolli and the Thank You Tree, Meditation Adventures for Kids, Book 2 is a collection of three guided meditations for children, and their parents or caregivers, written by Elena Paige. Lolli's adventures are designed to be read to children as they are relaxing with their eyes closed, but they can also be shared during story time hour to allow kids to enjoy the panels accompanying the text. The illustrations in Paige's Meditation Adventures are also available for coloring through her Super Happy Kids Club. In Lolli and the Thank You Tree, Lolli takes her friends to a rain forest. While they enjoy looking at the trees and breathing in the clean, fresh air, they notice that some trees have messages tied to them. Lolli encourages listeners to select messages and read them; each message is a positive affirmation. When they walk further into the forest, they encounter the Thank You Tree, which has healing powers that can be accessed through expressing gratitude. Paige provides easy instructions for entering each meditation as well as leaving it.

Elena Paige's second book in her Meditation Adventures for Kids, Lolli and the Thank You Tree, continues beautifully from her first introductory book. She guides her listeners to deeper meditation levels and, through the use of the messages on the trees encountered, shares a number of affirmations. She also provides easy antidotes to and insights on negativity and meanies, described in the story as Naughty Snooties. Paige's illustrations are lush watercolors filled with a combination of brilliant colors and pastel washes. Her approach is simple and elegant, and Lolli's instructions will make meditation a fun and eagerly anticipated part of a child's day. There's much in these guided meditations for listeners of any age, however, and I've personally gained insights from them for my own meditations. Lolli and the Thank You Tree, Meditation Adventures for Kids, Book 2 is most highly recommended.