The Sun and the Mayfly
Little Steps, 2022
44pp., pbk., RRP $A16.95
As Little Mayfly is born in the depths of the lake, moving upwards through the water she greets the sun who is rising over a new day.
“Hello”, she says, ” you are amazing. You light up this world as soon as you wake up. Who are you?”
Sun tells her but when it learns that Little Mayfly only lives for one day and when it’s journey is over so will be her life, it has no words because it knows just how brief a day is. But to Little Mayfly, a day is a lifetime and there is so much to see and do, and even though she learns that she is going to miss out on things like the tadpole turning to a frog and the flowers booming., she remains cheerful and optimistic, determined to make the most of the time she does have.
Tagged as “an uplifting story about the power of positivity and making the most of every day” this is an enchanting story from a leading Chinese author that not only introduces young readers to the passage of time and encourages them to make the most of their time, it also helps them start to see the world through a different lens – an abstract concept that is tricky for little ones. It is like that saying that not stepping on the ant makes a huge difference to the ant, if not the walker. If we only have one day, do we spend it in despair or delight?
Even though the reader longs for a happier miraculous ending as the sun gradually sinks in the west, the inevitable happens and so this is also an opportunity to introduce the concept of life cycles the tadpole’s is illustrated in the story but in a joyful way – and so the focus becomes not the inescapable but what can be done in the time we have. Definitely one for the mindfulness collection and to inspire positive mental health.