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Written by Sandrine Marlier
Ages 5+ | 64 Pages
Publisher: Belle Isle Books | ISBN-13: 9781953021519
Publisher’s Book Summary: One day, Odette the ant wakes up feeling stressed. After realizing that all she does is work, Odette decides to leave her anthill in search of the freedom to create her own world. Along the way, she meets Marcus, a lost mouse, and together they discover simple ways to feel better. Inspired by her journey and this wonderful new friendship, Odette finds her way back home to the colony with a new sense of being.
Odette’s Alphabet is a mindful story that offers a map to handle big emotions with kindness, unity, and courage. Fun and easy activities support each of the chapters, along with letters of the alphabet to provide additional opportunities for learning while encouraging young readers to explore meditation practices.
I'm excited to share my interview with Sandrine Marlier. She is a mother, meditation teacher, transformational coach, and Reiki practitioner. She shares free meditations about healing and empowerment onInstagram (@sandrinemarlier). You can connect with her through her website, www.sandrinemarlier.com.
Where did you get the inspiration for Odette's Alphabet?
I had just completed a meditation teacher training, when I drew an ant with a larger
speakerphone screaming the sound “A”, which is the original sound in the universe. Odette
was self-realized! I showed the drawing to my friend, a film-maker, who thought I was
writing a children’s alphabet book. I fell in love with the process of selecting all the
concepts I thought were most meaningful and that I’d like to teach my child.
What was your writing process like for this book?
There were a few layers, over the years. I started writing letters at the same time I was
drawing Odette. Sometimes the drawings came first. They always helped me get more
specific in my writing. Brainstorming all the different possible words for each letter was a
lot of fun. Upon a friend’s suggestion, I weaved in a story to connect the letters.
Odette evolved a lot from the very first manuscript. It looked more grown-up at first. As I
shifted towards a younger audience, I started writing some activities.
What is your favorite part about writing books for kids?
Understanding what they need and translating it into a simple and beautiful language, that
allows them to dream and make the words theirs. That’s how it creates meaning to them.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on a course for mums. They need great support. They often feel like their life
isn’t theirs anymore; I want to help them place themselves back in the center of their life,
where they can choose how they want their life to feel like, instead of going on auto-pilot,
doing what they feel they should be doing.
What is your favorite book?
I AM HUMAN by Susan Verde. It gave my daughter and I such a wonderful tool to help us
relax when things were less than perfect.
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