This volume, which the author calls “a bedtime story for all ages,” is comprised of two distinct stories. In one, the benefits of natural healing methods are explained through Grandmother Moon’s visits to a lonely, skeptical man. In the second, Grandmother Moon undertakes a global search for non-drug interventions in attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children.
Grandmother Moon appears to lonely, despairing, listless Roy G. Biv one night as a full moon shining through his bedroom window. Over the next seven months, she teaches him about chakra energy via each of the seven chakras’ positions in the body, their colors, foods, music, yoga positions, and essential oils. He begins to accept the value of eating brightly colored foods, inhaling certain scents that stimulate the brain, using music and yoga to move, setting intentions, trusting his intuition, and speaking from his heart. By the end, Roy G. Biv is on the brink of a new life of emotional fulfillment and physical well-being.
Grandmother Moon then takes her own journey around the world to learn about how energy medicine, which entails acupuncture, Ayurveda, yoga, and aromatherapy, can calm the chaos of ADHD in children and their communities.
There’s much valuable information here on holistic healing; for example, “Writing is a silent method of clarity and truth” or “five essential oils that could support children diagnosed with AD/HD [are] Bergamot, Cedarwood, Neroli, Rosemary, and Vetiver.” Young explains terms such as “chakra,” “Ayurveda,” “vibrational energy”, and “quantum physics” clearly for the lay reader.
However, the book is written at an elementary school level, without the charm and delight of good storytelling. The simple bedtime story tone changes in the second tale to one that’s dry and academic. As a result, it can be a challenge to mine these two stories for their useful facts.
Still, readers who can see themselves in Roy’s and/or an ADHD sufferers’ situation may feel the author’s pertinent facts are more important than the writing quality.
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