Copyright: May 2015
Blue Spots is a story for people burdened by sadness. In the city where it takes place, emotional scars appear on the characters as blue spots. In our world, these marks are internal and invisible, but in this book they are external and displayed for all to see. They symbolize the various forms of sorrow a person might encounter during their lifetime.
My intention when writing this story was to instill hope. I hope it gives those who live with sadness the courage to persevere through their darkest times. I wrote this story with children in mind, but I believe the message it conveys covers all ages. We all experience various types of sadness in our lives. And while grieving is a critical part of the healing process, we must never dwell there. Blue Spots is a reminder that you can turn a sad situation into a positive one with the right frame of mind. It doesn't erase the pain or suffering, but it will help you transition through the grief in a healthy manner, rather than a destructive one. Going through hard times shapes us into stronger, wiser, and kinder human beings. If we let the lessons they bring fill our lives with strength instead of unshakable despair, I think we'd be amazed at the transformation we would see within ourselves.
Blue Spots was published in 2015 and is the first installment in the Spots Series by Nicoline Evans, which addressed the wide array of emotions we experience as human beings.
Blue spots is not Only a children’s book, It’s soup for the soul.
Blue Spots is a wonderful work of art with an important message that benefits not only children, but perhaps adults even more so. it describes a critical first step in identifying and dealing with sadness as a normal human emotion. everyone has dealt with various degrees of grief that life throws at us, but a major part of the grieving process is how we ultimately deal with it and work our way through it. this children's book is a good first step into learning about sadness and a reminder to all ages that things can and will get better! I feel we must have that belief of hope and have an eye looking toward the future to ensure we do not wallow in sorrow. Ultimately i think grief, sadness, or sorrow is a part of life that we experience, but it should not rule our life. I know this can DEFINITELY be easier said than done, and i think nicoline would PROBABLY agree. She implies, HOWEVER, tHAT GETTING THROUGH THAT ORDEAL CAN HELP US BECOME STRONGER AND MAKE IT BECOME A LEARNING EXPERIENCE THAT CAN TURN INTO A POSITIVE. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AS IT IS BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN AND UNIQUELY ILLUSTRATED.
Blue spots is a book that touches on depression and sadness in a way children or anyone can understand. This topic is often stigmatized and not talked about but many children experience emotions and sadness and do not yet know how to process their feelings. It is beautifully illustrated and shows sadness forming on the outside for all to see in the form of blue spots. It has an uplifting and optimistic message of courage and preserving through hard times of sadness or grief.
Reading books has been a part of our bedtime routine since my son was just over a year. I have always taught my 4 year old son that it is okay to feel sad and cry and this book reinforced that concept. This would also be perfect for a counselor in a school setting as a resource to help students that are struggling with grief or depression. The illustrations are beautiful and it helps change the mindset that feeling sad is a negative thing into a positive one.