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EW wrote me:
“I’ve posted a little note on Amazon, as you suggested:
“This book offers an interesting approach to the concept of connectedness in nature, translating it into story form for young children. Colorful illustrations help present a complex idea in a readable way.”
“And thanks for putting me onto Joey and Water! – I’ve been analyzing it and its potential audience with my ex-teacher daughters!”
Ellen Lewinberg’s delightful book, JOEY AND HIS FRIEND WATER, is essential, engaging reading celebrating a deep connection with nature. For children of every age! #IReadCanadian
For more information on this earth-friendly, kid-friendly book: https://ellenlewinbergauthor.com/
Enchanting tale of boy’s friendship with water brings Dr. Masaru Emoto’s work to kids!
I absolutely loved reading the book “Joey and His Friend Water” to my five year old daughter. She was enthralled by the adventures Joey had in the forest and his friendship with water. Reading this book together led us to have discussions about how happy and sad words affect how we feel in our bodies, which are made up mostly of water. In addition to explaining the findings of Dr. Masaru Emoto through an enchanting story of childhood friendship, “Joey and His Friend Water” references other concepts of spirituality and energy that I will refer back to again and again!
A brilliant story for children, a testimony to the greater wisdom of innocent curiosity
An engaging read; I finished it in one sitting. If many children’s books bestow some portion of our adult sensibilities to a listener, this book facilitates sensitivities too frequently overlooked or drowned out, often nearer to us in younger years. The collaborative mode entertained by its characters is reflected also in the style of the writing and its overall message. The book gently encourages the reader to in turn look beyond its pages, in its many asides and references to research and alternative health practices. In addition to appreciating its charming story, it may inspire a reader’s curiosity to further engagement with bioenergy.
What a delightful story. It’s both imaginative and has an important message. Good reading for adults too!
Charming book for the whole family!
This book explores the concept, through conversations between Joey, a little boy, and a stream in the woods, of the interconnectivity of everything in the natural world. The illustrations are charming, and the information imparted will allow older children to explore the concepts in more depth, while younger children will enjoy the story and start to understand some basic scientific information.
Wordsworth described childhood this way in “Intimations of Immortality”:
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home:
Heaven lies about us in our infancy!
Shades of the prison-house begin to close
Upon the growing Boy,
But he beholds the light, and whence it flows,
He sees it in his joy;
Ellen Lewinberg’s beautiful book captures this sense of wonder perfectly. Joey talks to water, and water talks back. Though the adult world in its care for what it thinks is best for Joey tries to restrict him, he finds a way back to the forest and the stream, and eventually even finds an adult ally. Along the way he learns quite a lot of science and how to navigate a library. Hopeful and informative for children and adults alike.
I just finished reading your book!!!!! I just loved it! I love how you introduce so many ideas from mycelium to auras….and that we can connect to anything from anywhere! Such an important book for children to read and learn about these concepts. I love that you included easy links to resources so that kids (and parents) can dig deeper into these topics. 👏 👏👏👏
My 7.5 year old loved it!
My daughter read this book in one sitting, and only lifted her head to tell me all the interesting facts she was learning about water. She told me it was one of her favorite books, and she especially loved the relationship between Joey, the water and Alice! A wonderful book!
In this delightful story of a boy and his special friend, Joey’s sensitivity to nature and his inquiring mind enable a unique connection. Water talks to Joey, and what he comes to learn enhances both Joey’s and the reader’s understanding of the inter-connectedness of all living things. Although the book deals with complex ideas, Lewinberg writes with a light, deft touch that engages the reader’s attention throughout. My 6- and 8-year old grandchildren related to Joey’s love of nature and how we all share our lives on earth through energy. The book offers creative suggestions for kids’ involvement in protecting and saving the environment. Highly recommended!
Joey and his friend water is a delightful book with a wonderful balance of science, spirituality and wonder. Lewinberg introduces young readers to the natural water cycle, blended perfectly with the work of Dr. Emoto, and the interconnected of all things. Joey’s relationship with water is a wonderful lens to tell this story through. I hope all children can read this story and take the message that we are all connected and our emotions are an important part of us, and that we all need to work together to fix this amazing planet.
Joey and His Friend Water is a delightful and inspiring children’s book about the relationship between a young boy and water. Through a series of adventures, we see how Joey and Water work together to explore their surroundings and strengthen their friendship. The writing style is simple yet charming, and the illustrations are appealing to a child’s sense of wonder. Seeing Joey experience both the fascination and concern for nature’s greatness, makes it easier for children to understand the significance of being conscience of their environment. This is a captivating book that will appeal to many children and their families and will most certainly become a treasured favorite.
Reading Ellen’s book brings nature alive to children of all ages. Through following the adventures of Joey, the reader is introduced to the beauty and wonder of nature; with examples on how each of us can enjoy and interact positively with it. Ellen also cautions on nature’s vulnerability and ways to save it for future generations. I loved the illustrations.
I just finished reading your delightful book. First book I’ve read from cover to cover, and I looked forward to getting back to it when I had to put it down.
Couldn’t help but think of Alice as you and Eli as Joey!
The story reminded me of Sophie’s World; lovely way to teach.
You are onto yet another career, writing children’s stories.