Books I Love: I Don’t Know Age

Written by Shoshana Kent/Illustrated by Jonathan Kemp

The other day, someone told me the three greatest anchors in life are ignorance, comfort, and entitlement. He used the metaphor of sitting on an anchored boat, close to shore, moving and rocking in all directions but going nowhere. It feels like you’re moving but it’s an illusion, you’re not actually making progress and you are allowing any one of the three anchors to hold you back.

This idea reminded me of a beautiful children’s book, “I Don’t Know Age.” The characters in the book discuss the anchors in their lives which are holding them back and causing their unhappiness. The author writes about a complex and profound idea with the eloquence of simplicity that a child can understand but that an adult can fully contemplate. I can’t stop thinking about it and applying it to an analysis of my own life. It’s a story of friends helping friends. The friends who live their lives on their terms, help their friends who feel trapped. I love that the idea of friends pulling up anchors can enter a child’s subconscious at a young age and they can carry the knowledge with them, throughout their lives, and retrieve it when they need it.

Another thing I love about this book, and please excuse me while I geek out, it is so poetic. When you major in English, you learn that poetry is top tier in the world of literature. I loved writing my books in rhyming verse because I wrote when mine were little and they have a connection with rhythm at that age. However, verse is different than poetry and this book has a wonderful, poetic flow that sweeps you up and carries you through the pages like a bird gliding through the air. It is a truly great experience. One more thing, the author has an amazing story too but I feel like I’ve taken up a lot of time so be sure to check it out when you order her book. I will say she has lived all over the world and it is apparent, this book has a worldly, larger-than-life feel. Click the picture or the link above to order and happy reading!

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