Saturday, March 6, 2010

"The Bubble" Taking a Stand on Materialism

We unfortunately live in a world where people place importance on material things. But should we? Brian McClure shows us what this obsession can do in his imaginative and inspirational children’s book “The Bubble”.

The cover art gives us some hint of the message as it depicts a boy who has quite a lot of toys but is seemingly unhappy. The story begins with:

“Once there was a little boy, who didn’t want anyone to play with any of his toys”

Thus intrigued, we read further to find out that this little boy turns into a man that is so fixated with material things that they become his only joy. He continues not to share and we watch what his selfishness does in return. As an old man, all of his possessions leave him and he is left all alone in his bubble. The story ends with this same little boy seemingly waking up from a dream and discovers the valuable lesson about the pleasures of sharing.

Plumlee’s artful illustrations add just the right touch to this heartfelt story. This book is a great teaching tool. I would recommend it to any teacher or parent interested in teaching good values to their children.

Please visit to learn more about Brian McClure and his cause.

1 comment:

  1. I just found your blog. I like the concept. I am a parent of 2 (4 and 2). I always looking for parenting tips and ideas. Having them come through books would be best of both worlds for me. Looking forward to reading more in the future.