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The Oxherd Boy

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*I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks for the free book*

"The Oxherd Boy" is a very cute and short comic illustrated in the traditional style mainly targeted at children. I can imagine parents reading this with their kids. For me, it was short and enjoyable, the drawings were cool and the quite old Chinese story with talking animals. It was just wholesome and heart warming really. The didactics were hidden well enough.

4 stars

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It was beautifully drawn. The book reads as a series of small events with teachings being the method of storytelling. I didn’t really see the story until half way through. I thought it was more of a series of quotable teachings but the story is there. The book is pretty and the content is nice. I think it’s worth it for the quick read.

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This tranquil and tender book, with its bite-sized wisdoms and beautiful illustrations, makes space on the child’s bookshelf for embracing both life’s harder questions and simple joys. Inspired by many spiritual practices and traditions, I can imagine reading this to my kids when they are a little older for a calming before-bed read. It could probably work for younger toddlers and infants as well, then they could grow into the truths as they age. I like how you could open it to any page and read for a little while. The parables are shorter than I thought they would be, more like mantras or proverbs. The short length of each parable doesn’t diminish their content, it’s just less story-driven than I expected. These are wonderful little truth nuggets that any kid/parent combo would benefit from.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher!

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This stunning fable book with gorgeous soft-hued illustrations contains powerful wisdom from ancient Chinese philosophy. I found it beautiful to behold and quite soothing, with my blood pressure and breathing calmer as I read. A perfect gift for children and adults alike!

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The Oxherd Boy: Parables of Love, Compassion, and Community (Hardcover)
by Regina Linke

At times I can see the ancient Chinese style goiaba painting that are sprinkled through out the text. The new images show how remarkable the paintings are. The story and poetry has great revelations about like contrasting different traditions and ideological arguments. It's a great book for schools to not only show the art work. Compare contemporary and traditional, but also show the inspiration of different points of view.

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I LOVED this book of parables...definitely giving Charlie Mackesy vibes but this style of art is so, so much better (in my opinion). I pre-ordered from my indie right away so that I can see the beautiful illustrations IRL. Loved.

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Special thanks to Netgalley and Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed Press for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is absolutely beautiful. I love the way it was written, and the lessons and story told throughout. I would highly recommend to everyone, but especially those who liked The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.

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**Thank you for the ARC!! All opinions are completely my own.** 4 stars. Wonderful parables with beautiful illustrations.

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This was a good quick read with beautiful art work and a great message for so many to learn. It is really for all ages and it was awesome to read through!

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Regina Linke bestows on us a luxuriously illustrated book of proverbs and parables to encourage us to look at the world and our experiences with fresh eyes, and mostly not to live life on our own. We can learn from each other. We can see new things when we listen to others and ask good questions.

This book is perfect for fans of the older “Tao of Pooh” (Benjamin Hoff) or the more-recent “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse” (Charlie Mackesy) or Simon Sinek’s simple “Together is Better.”

Being connected with family, friends and strangers (soon-to-be friends) is what makes life rich. For those tempted by the new fad of couples taking separate vacations, this book will dissuade you of that. Because we are different, our shared experience is all the richer..

We are thankful that Linke did not give up though a teacher once said she would not master a particular art form. She provides tableaus that encourage us to explore what is or is not happening for the people, animals, objects depicted..

I am thankful that the publisher and NetGalley shared an pre-publication version of this book for review.

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This is exactly what I needed to read, there were many big tears had and I feel thoroughly comforted and buoyant. The artwork is stunning and immersive, the gestures of the creatures and emotions of the boy are so perfectly captured and conveyed. We follow the boy and his ox, and a few of their companions, through a series of big questions, scary emotions, and the process it takes to work through it all with kind-hearted and gentle guidance. I highly recommend for all ages, shows great prompts for parents and guardians on how to guide kids through big feelings.

I liked this way more than James Norbury or Charlie Mackesy's similar books, both content and art-wise!

Thank you to NetGalley for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

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An amazing book for any age. Beautiful drawings. Each page is sprinkled with a few words of wisdom, parables, life lessons and truths. This is the perfect book for any parent to read with their child every week. Packed with little nuggets that can spark up endless conversations!
I just reviewed The Oxherd Boy by Regina Linke. #TheOxherdBoy #NetGalley

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a wholesome collection of thoughts and beautiful art. a peaceful journey through the simple yet fundamental truths that we (I) tend to forget.

thank you to the author, publisher and netgalley for the arc!

"Don't be afraid of going slowly," comforted the rabbit. "Only be afraid of standing still."

"It's nice that the cage will always keep me safe from falling," the sparrow said.
The oxherd boy shook his head. "You're not safe because of the cage, but because you have wings."

wholeheartedly recommend.

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This beautifully illustrated Chinese parable will appeal to a variety of readers of all ages. Including ideas from Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism, presented by animals - an ox and a rabbit - and a young boy trying to understand the world, the images and simply-presented ideas will charm children, while those same ideas will provoke thought in older readers. This is one of those books that will change and grow in meaning as it is read over and over again - and it deserves to be read over and over again, for its depth, simplicity, and the beauty of the illustrations, presented in a timeless and yet contemporary gongbi style.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Parables of love, compassion and community. This was a whimsical choice for me and I was happy #netgalley approved my request for an advance e-copy. A transcendent work of art and philosophy for all ages. I was touched by the thoughtful prose, and close to tears at points. It's long on beautiful brush painted pictures and short on words but every word is a pearl, every sentence a #pausepebbles For everyone who thinks about how to live, love and grieve, and anyone who loved #theboythemole#thefoxandthehorse. Highly recommended. Great gift! Five stars. Available March 14.

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What a sweet and beautiful tale rooted in Chinese philosophy.
We follow a young boy trying to understand his feelings in a strange world while he is being meaningful lessons by the smartest Ox and rabbit I've ever seen.
This is a lovely book for anyone having a hard day or a hard week.

Thank you Net Galley and Clarkson Potter for an ARC in exchange for a review.

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STUNNING, BEAUTIFUL, GORGEOUS ARTWORK! I love the pictures so much. This book also has a lot of valuable life lessons. I loved it very much!

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I requested “The Oxherd Boy” because I was starving for a graphic novel I could finish in a couple of hours and the synopsis vaguely reminded me of “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse” which I loved.
If you also liked that book or are just looking for a beautiful, meaningful graphic novel I recommend this one.
I am not at all familiar with any strand of Chinese philosophy or religious beliefs so you don’t need to be either to appreciate the beauty and wisdom present here.
I think one of the protagonists being a young boy added a lot of humanity to the story and the fact that this book was written with the author’s young son in mind is felt throughout the entire story.
While I think the words I read will always stay with me, there was something about the art that took my breath away. I wish I could inject these illustrations into my bloodstream. While I could physically touch the border of each illustration on my screen, there was such a sense of endlessness to each page that I could almost feel the coldness of the air, the texture of the grass or the wetness of the water. The art provoked such a visceral reaction in me I would love to see them as giant reproductions in real life.
I laughed, I cried, it was exactly what I needed to read when the world around me seemed to be the scariest it has ever been and there is no way to avoid it without feeling like you are turning away from your fellow’s suffering, and no way to interact with it without scarring yourself. While reading this book I was able to breathe for a little bit which I haven’t been able to do for weeks.
Thank you to NetGalley, Clarkson Potter and Ten Speed Press for this DRC.

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Exquisite. This book of parables beautifully balances wordless pages of beautiful artwork with bare pages featuring a single profound statement. The interspersed structure allows a breath-like rhythm to the read, which flows organically with the subject material. This book feels timelessly alive.

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What is more of a good time than reading a book filled with wisdom of a child, an ox, and a rabbit? What a lovely journey— pure and wise and ever so beautifully gentle.

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