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Happiness Doesn't Come from Headstands by Tamara Levitt | Book Review

Thursday, October 20, 2016 Puji P. Rahayu 0 Comments

Happiness Doesn't Come from Headstands

And even if I can't, there are all sorts of other things that I can do!

By  Tamara Levitt
4 of 5 stars

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Publisher              : Wisdom Publication
Number of page   : 38 pages
Genre                   : Children book
Language             : English
Year of published : April 4th, 2017
ISBN                    : 978-1-61429-389-7
ebook ISBN          : 978-1-61429-405-4
I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


Trying—and failing—can be a path to happiness too. 

Leela loves to do yoga. She could do all sorts of poses, but there was one pose she couldn’t do. Every time Leela tried to do a headstand…KERPLUNK!

This book explores the themes of acceptance, resilience, and self-compassion and offers the message that just because we may experience a failure does not mean that we are a failure. Written as a counterpoint to the message of The Little Engine that Could, Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands is a story about a girl who tries her best, but still falls down. Through the process she learns that happiness is not determined by external achievement. Even in the face of failure, peace can be found if we accept that we cannot do everything and focus on our experience.


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I have to admit that this is the first time I reviewed a children book. Well, in my child age, I rarely read any kind of illustration book. Believe or not, when I was at elementary school, I've been red The Da Vinci Code. I know. My reading is really random and a little bit out of the box. But, who cares?
Maybe, I should tell you about my reason to choose this book in Netgalley. First, I love the title. It makes me curious. What does the title means? Happiness doesn't come from headstand. In my opinion, the title is very interesting and make me wanna know more about the book. Second, I choose this book because I want to relax and read a simple book like children book. So, I decided to request and the publisher granted my wish in the next day.

Actually, Happiness Doesn't Come from Headstand published for the first time in 2013 by Begin With Production. So, this version is a new version from Levitt's work.

The story begins with Leela that really love to do do yoga. With her friend, Lyle, Leela practiced each week. They could do all sorts of fancy poses. Unfortunately, Leela couldn't do headstand. Even though she try it many times, Leela always face failure and of course she frustrated because of that. But then, Lyle try to cheer Leela up. He tells Leela that happiness doesn't always come from headstand.


Well, I like the story. Very simple and neat. Moreover, I could get so many moral value from the story. Well, happiness doesn't always come from one thing. I really agree with Levitt's thesis.  I appreciate Levitt's work because she not only entertain the reader, but she teach the reader about life and happiness. I really love the way Levitt did that. Then,the drawing and illustration is really good. Levitt success locked my eye onto the book because of the illustration. I think, children would really happy if they can read this book. 

4 stars for Leela's happiness.



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