Our purpose in life may not always be what it seems.
Name: A Page in the Wind
Author: Jose Sanabria
Illustrator: Jose Sanabria and Maria Laura Diaz Dominguez
Publisher: NorthSouth Books, 2018
Written for Ages: 4-8
Summary: Newspapers are born every day. In this unique book, the birth and life of a newspaper are told from the perspective of a newspaper. Only by looking at the incredible mixed-media illustrations is the story complete. Each newspaper finds a home, where their purpose as a newspaper is fulfilled. Expect for the narrating paper. The wind picks up and carries its pages throughout the city. As it does so, its various pages are used in many different ways. Until it finally brings joy to someone who reads its pages.
Scripture Connection: Ephesians 4:1 states, “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” The narrating newspaper fulfills its calling when it is read and it is able to bring joy to someone. Luke 4:18 and Jeremiah 29:11 also speak to fulfilling call.
Theological Connection: While it seems that the newspaper’s purpose is only to be read, as it brings joy, this picture book is a reminder that one’s vocation is not always what it seems. The wind, a symbol for the Holy Spirit, carries the newspaper’s pages around town. As it does, the paper finds purpose in a variety of ways. A woman cleans windows. A boy buries his goldfish. A homeless person makes a blanket. A reminder that the when it seems that the Holy Spirit is moving us around from place to place without many purposes, the Spirit is leading us to fulfill our calling.
Justice Connection: A Page in the Wind offers a thoughtful consideration of how our actions affect others. It invites us to pause and consider the illustrations and ponder the different stories that are there.
Faith Talk (God Talk):
- How do you think the newspaper felt when it was the only paper left?
- What are some ways we can use newspapers?
- Take a look at some of the pictures in the book. Work together to create a story about the people who use the pages of the newspaper.
- What is something that you are really good at? How can you use that to help other people?
Parenting Connection: Too often when we thinking a calling on one’s life, we quickly think of ordained ministry. The truth is, we all have a calling – a vocation – a purpose – for our lives that involves using our unique gifts and strengths to help others and make a difference. Explore with your children what their gifts and strengths are and how they can be used to help others.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital review copy.
You can buy a copy at Amazon or check it out at your local library.