My Name is Mountain is a book that takes the Child on a unique adventure with Nature. The Child speaks to the Hole only to discover that the Hole believes it is a Mountain. When the Mountain explains itself to the Child it becomes clear that it has given itself away while serving its purpose. This is a two-fold mission: we must preserve Nature and we must preserve ourselves.
The idea that having limits and boundaries whilst displaying and providing empathy is linked together in this tale of discovery. The message that Nature must be honored in her current state to continue to serve her purpose is communicated through the lens of self and the lens of other.
The same message applies in Child Development. It is okay to both serve yourself and other people at the same time. The Mountain becomes the Hole because it so joyfully gave itself away to others. The giving is important but so is the preservation of who the Mountain is at its core.
Nature gives us so many ways to learn and reflect on the journey. This book combines the importance of balance in Nature and in our lives. What better time to learn this balance than early childhood? When there is a healthy balance in our lives and in the world, there is peace, harmony, and happiness to be found without limit even though limit must be realized.
In addition, the story raises the question of how we view ourselves and how we perceive others view us. Should we allow others’ perceptions of ourselves to have any merit? Should we allow that viewpoint to affect our purpose, goals, and missions? This is an area to reflect upon with the Child.
It would be interesting to see how this story can serve as a discussion prompt for the Child and the Caregiver. How would the Child describe themselves and what does the Caregiver observe? It may light up areas where self-esteem can use a boost and the Caregiver can use the building blocks of positive affirmations to be sure the Child is forming an identity as a strong, majestic force of Nature.
“My Name Is Mountain” was born a poem and remains so in this newly minted Book One of Kelly Anne Manuel’s “My Name Is” Series. The story invites the Child into Nature where a unique adventure is experienced. The Child and the main character, Mountain, get to know each other on the pages of this story. The Child’s observations are voiced and received while Mountain does the same.
“My Name Is Mountain” begins with a Child who is curious about what they are encountering. It becomes clear that the Child has questions regarding the information being shared. The Child has the opportunity to use their words in a clear and concise manner. The Child will learn to ask questions and see what fun adventures await when they engage actively in communication.
The simple words take on new meaning as the illustrations pair perfectly with they presentation. The Child will notice that Mountain knows who it is at its core. The author intends for the story to spark open dialogue and conversation about whether or not the terms utilized to describe inner and outer worlds match. This book is a tool in a Caregiver's toolbox to assist with the formation of healthy communication skills. The Child who reads this book will recognize that respecting Nature and all its gifts is as important as respecting their own inner nature.
About the Author
Kelly Anne Manuel is the good kind of contagious. She is an eternal optimist who strives to see the good in all her days and throughout all aspects of her life journey. She has a unique voice that Children respond to because her inner child is so vivacious and strong.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Telecommunications with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Spanish from Indiana University, Bloomington IN. She spent her early adulthood first in a corporate career and after her son was born knew that she wanted to work with Children.
She taught and then transitioned into Administration at the Preschool level. She assisted the Preschool in becoming accredited before accepting a position as a Preschool Coordinator in the Faith Formation Division of her Catholic Church.
As sometimes life does it required her to step away from the workplace and be fully at home to manage her role as Mother to her son Ryan. She dedicated herself to two worlds at that time.
One world was navigating through a medical system that required Advocacy both herself and her son. The other was a world where doing home improvement projects herself paid off both in savings and tangible real estate investments.
Her company, Time To Fly™ LLC allows her to provide Intuitive Guidance to Clients through Zoom sessions. She wants to share all her adventures on the planet as a Lightworker and Intuitive Practitioner. Her hope is that the fruits of her labor will enrich the lives of Children as her stories come to life and light up young minds in the process.