Greenlee is Growing by Anthony DeStefano. Convergent Books (2023). 40 pp., $12.99.
When was the last time that you went on an adventure?
I love to walk outside, especially near the pond a few blocks away from my house. There is a beautiful fountain in the center, a few small waterfalls in front, and rocks around the border.
Some people like to jump across the rocks but I usually stay on the smooth track and do laps around the periphery.
Recently, when I went I happened to see my younger brother and sister-in-law with their two small children. My three-year-old nephew grabbed my hand and led me leaping on the rocks around the pond. He provided me with quite the adrenaline rush and there were a few times that I thought we’d end up swimming.
In the end, only my sneaker was wet and I felt the joy of a child.
I delight in going to that pond because of the stillness it brings to my mind and heart, and the wonder that I feel as the cascade of light and water—reflecting God’s grace, love, and mercy—refresh my soul.
Every time I read a book by Anthony DeStefano I experience this same spiritual refreshment and exhilaration. His latest children’s book Greenlee is Growing is a treasure both for the young and the young at heart. Through his memorable rhymes we meet the vivacious Greenlee and journey with her through the experiences of her life.
Readers will delight as Greenlee enjoys the beauty of each season and the gift of life at every stage—picking flowers, building sandcastles, and jumping in fall leaves. The wonder of life is seen from Greenlee’s earliest years playing on the beach to her first love to life as a mother and grandmother. Even in times of loss, Greenlee sees the assurance of loved ones and the natural rhythm of the circle of life.
This book is ideal for preschoolers on up and has many valuable lessons for adults to reflect on and share with children. It will help them see the importance of embracing life at every age and why change doesn’t have to be scary.
It also reminds us that time is a gift and why appreciating the things that really matter bring us true joy, peace, and fulfillment. Above all, it encourages kindness and generosity with others whether little children or elderly loved ones.
So snuggle up by the fire with some hot cocoa and share this book with someone that you love. Regardless of your age, you will feel like a child again.
Members of the media may send an email to Sophia Institute Press’ Director of Publicity, Sarah Lemieux at slemieux@SophiaInstitute.com to receive a physical or digital copy of Greenlee is Growing and/or to schedule an interview with Anthony DeStefano.