You know how everyone gives new grads a copy of, Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr Seuss? It’s hopeful and sweet, and everyone cries (in a good way). After the Fall by Dan Santat is what you give to someone who just got laid-off for the first time, or is getting a divorce, or recovering from a serious illness. It’s understanding and accepting, and everyone cries (in a good way).
After the Fall, is a children’s picture book that takes maybe three minutes to read. It will probably take you more time to read this post, than to read the book. The pictures are charming and the story is exactly what you need if you are going through a rough patch. Let's be honest, we're all going through a rough patch.
Everyone has their own demons to battle. Some people suffer from anxiety, depression, addiction or any of the endless emotional torments. My personal favorite is a general feeling of failure, this is my preferred form of self-loathing. When I start feeling low, chances are I feel like I have failed in some way. I start revisiting all my old let-downs and blaming myself for everything. I’m not lying or exaggerating when I tell you that reading this book helps me fight those demons. I believe it will help you too.
This book picks up where Humpty Dumpty leaves off. Humpty has been through a traumatic experience and is having a hard time being a part of his own life. He is living with fear and anxiety and missing out on all the things he loves. He gives himself time, perseveres and becomes stronger because of his experiences. The first time I read this book, my jaw literally dropped as I came to understand the simple beauty of the last page. Tears.
After the Fall is meant for children and will be loved by children. Emi and Piper ask us to read this to them all the time. It is completely appropriate for children and also amazingly important for adults to read. Rare books are transcendent like that.
Everyone should read this book, children and adults alike. I know someone who keeps this book in her office and gives it to co-workers and clients on hard days. I have personally read this books dozens of times for inspiration and motivation. I hand it out to friends in lieu of “Get Well” and “With Sympathies” cards. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, it’s an absolute must read for everyone. Consider it an emergency emotional support book. Read it.
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