*Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.*
I Didn’t Ask To Be Creative
by Dontavious Pittman, illustrated by Max Rambaldi
Published by Cardboard Clouds
Published September 22, 2017
Recommended for ages 4 – 8
“Kyle and his mom have different opinions about creativity. He can’t live without it, and she doesn’t have time for it. Kyle has to show his mom that using her imagination doesn’t call for too much time . As he tries to teach her that creativity is not just about making art, Mom learns that she has already made her greatest creation.”
About The Book
I have to tell you guys, I had an “aha moment” reading this book. The book opens with all the fun creative things the Kyle and his grandfather are getting into. Mom comes home and all she sees is a mess! She immediately disregards the fun day and wants the room clean. How many of us have been there before? I sure have. I don’t care what fun was had, I just want my floor clean.
Kyle then hits his mother with the line “Remember when you were a girl? You did such creative things.” This triggers mom to go down memory lane, but she quickly dismisses the thoughts as a waste of time for someone her age who has responsibilities. By the end of the book, mom was able to see how she can find small ways to use her creativity and also pass it along to her son so all is not lost.
I have been having many conversations presently with my peers who feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to tap into their creativity. I too have brushed aside a lot of my creativity in the name of “adulting”. I think what the mom did in this book is an important takeaway. You may not be able to commit an entire day to your creative aspirations, but you can certainly set aside a small piece of your day. I’m learning that taking time to feed my creative passions for just a few minutes a day is more gratifying than taking no time for myself at all. You are never too old to feed your interests and explore your passions. Take some time and explore more of what you love, you never know what gifts you could be tapping into that will take you and your family to the next level.
This was an excellent read that lead to a lot of self reflection and I hope you will do the same.
The book can be purchased from the author’s site. Also available on Amazon.
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