The Inner Palette by Daniel Sotero
We are constantly being told that mental health is a common occurrence for school age children and worryingly this is becoming an increasing issue for those at Primary age.
When Daniel approached me and asked if I would review his book, I was all ready to say no, not because I wasn’t interested, but more because I would not usually review books for Primary ages as my children are now adults and thankfully haven’t made me a grandmother yet! I am really not ready to be called Grandma, Nan or Nanna!
However, out of consideration to Daniel, I took a look at the synopsis and realised that the subject matter of his book resonated with me as one of my children has had and continues to have mental health issues of varying degrees although thankfully not to a detrimental effect.
This was honestly a beautiful little story and an equally beautifully illustrated book. Daniel takes a very careful and considered approach to explaining to children how to cope when our minds are drowned out by bad thoughts and feelings.
One could argue that this same approach could be used in equal measures for adults too, as lets face it we all struggle mentally at some point.
My only criticism is that I thought there were some lengthy words for the very young but that is counterbalanced by the illustrations and it is a book that you would read together as a family to aid in opening honest discussions so if necessary, a parent, guardian or carer could use easier words in place of, to avoid having to explain the meaning.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone with children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews and to anyone who works with children.
I will definitely be keeping this book in my repertoire as you never know, I may be a Grandma one day, heaven help us all!
The Inner Palette is available in Portuguese, English and Spanish please see the links below.
About the Book
We all have moments when we feel less special. The Inner Palette tells us the story of a young boy named Lucky at one of those times and teaches us how we can overcome them. Sometimes bad thoughts cloud our vision and everything around us seems gray and sad. But if we are present and believe in our willpower, we will quickly remember that we actually have all the colors of the world within us. Then, we feel blessed and happy again.
If you ever feel sad, please take a look at your inner palette.
Author of children’s books, Daniel Sotero is trying to make the world a better place. His work focuses on mindfulness, meditation and self awareness.
Born on March 8, 1986, in Lisbon, Daniel Sotero is a writer who shrewdly mixes his creativity and passion. This is the secret that allows him to arouse emotions in his readers, as if he was whispering to their soul.
Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, Sciences and Journalism, Daniel sells his works for a symbolic price, as he argues that money only has the value we give to it and believes that with affordable prices it will be easier to spread his message.
Daniel Sotero believes that the world can and should be a better place, and his works are nothing more than his mere contribution to this end. But the author also realizes that this will only be possible if the change happens first and foremost within each of us.
Links and Information
Paperback Publication date: 4 February 2019
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