~Written by Amanda I. Greene
Reflections of a Blueberry tells the story of Squishy Blueberry's decision to embark on the adventure of a life time - to find his life's purpose. Told in two parts, we hear about Squishy's encounter with Pepe the Flea who opens his eyes to the possibilities in life, helping him realizing he must find his own unique voice. In part two we learn about the friends Squishy meets and learns from as he starts out on his mission to "bring his own song and dance to life." (www.squishyblueberry.com)
In Reflections of a Blueberry readers join a little blueberry on his magical journey to discover his purpose in life.
One day while the little blueberry is playing in his yard he is approached by Sir Pepe, a flea. Sir Pepe takes the little blueberry on a trip and encourages him to embrace all life has to offer while finding his own path in life. Next, the blueberry meets a turtle and the two become best friends. The turtle teaches him to slow down and enjoy his surroundings instead of rushing through life leaving much unnoticed.
First of all, I have to say, the illustrations are amazing. The vibrant colors and creativity used to depict the landscape, creatures, and characters are captivating. The story is also told in rhyme, which studies have shown, benefits literacy in children by helping them detect the phonetic constituents of words. Plus, rhyming is just fun! I also love the messages about slowing down, being yourself, and choosing your own path in life instead of following someone else's desires for you.
Reflections of a Blueberry is a delightful story that is sure to become a favorite of children as well as their parents. I recommend picking up a copy. Available at