Sometimes I need some time to process a book. I don’t want to sit down and immediately write the review because I end up with a list of adjectives and not a whole lot else. When I wrote out my adjectives for this I had:
*Hope: this book is the single most hopeful book of 2018. Hope in friendship and community.
*Anger: reading truth can do that.
*Heartbreak: same as above.
*Change: the result of all the previously mentioned emotions. By the end I felt changed, as if I had just grown through that year in the ARTT room with those six children.
I usually hate when reviewers refer to books as stunning. But honestly, it just applies here. Woodson manages to explore the current American political and social landscape while keeping us focused on the six children talking in the ARTT room. We relate, empathize, and sympathise with their struggle to define their individual identities as well as their place and role in community.
For Ages: 9 years old and up
For Those That Liked: Blended, The Parker Inheritance, Louisiana’s Way Home
Yoga Pose- Ustrasana (Camel Pose):
*Kneel on the floor with your knees hip width and thighs perpendicular to the floor. Rotate your thighs inward slightly as you firm your buttocks. Imagine that you're drawing your sitting bones up, into your torso. Press your shins and the tops of your feet firmly into floor.
*Rest your hands on the back of your pelvis (bases of the palms on the tops of the buttocks, fingers pointing down). Inhale and lift your heart.
*ENGAGE YOUR CORE and begin to lean back while keeping your head up, chin near the sternum, and your hands on the pelvis.
*Kneel on the floor with your knees hip width and thighs perpendicular to the floor. Move one ankle in front of the other knee. Rotate your thighs inward slightly as you firm your buttocks. Imagine that you're drawing your sitting bones up, into your torso. Press your shins and the tops of your feet firmly into floor.
*Continue to ENGAGE YOUR CORE as you lean further back, while keeping the heart elevated. Reach the right hand back to touch the right foot and then allow the left hand to follow. (If you're not able to touch your feet without compressing your lower back, turn your toes under and lift your heels.)
TO EXIT POSE:
Stay in this pose anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute. When you are ready to exit, bring your hands onto the front of your pelvis, at the hip points. Inhale and lift the head and torso up by pushing the hip points down, toward the floor. If your head is back, lead with your heart to come up. Rest in Child's Pose for a few breaths.