In Search of the Light
In Search of the Light is Leonard's first children's book.
IN SEARCH OF THE LIGHT is a 1,500-word children’s picture book for ages 4 and up. The rhyming dialogue tells an enchanting story of animals in the meadow who experience a sudden eclipse of the sun. Not knowing what has happened, they believe that somehow the sun has lost its way, and they are concerned that it could mean the end of light.
Considering the situation to be most urgent, they form an expedition of four who journey to unknown places in search of the source of the light.
The first of three chapters introduces the four who journey in search of the light. Ned, the horse is the leader. Peter, the rabbit is his reluctant and somewhat fearful companion. They are joined by Bert, the brave little bumblebee and timid but very sweet Molly mouse.
Chapter Two takes them into a forest of darkness, which turns out to be the forest of fear. They encounter all sorts of frightening things, including witches and ghosts hiding in shadows. Just when things seem hopeless, the wind speaks to them offering advice to seek a guide who has his own inner light. Shortly afterwards, they encounter Frederick Firefly, who guides them to a land where nothing seems right.
Finally, in Chapter Three they walk down the “path of the opposites” and a bird with a very large beak offers guidance. They discover that when they are beyond all judgment, desire and fear, they discover that the source of the light is within them, and that it always has been.
The story opens children and adults to a magical and childlike world of innocence where a beautiful and simple message of truth is revealed. This uplifting, suspenseful adventure invites an independence of spirit, encouraging the return to love and oneness and strength within.
IN SEARCH OF THE LIGHT is beautifully illustrated by Italian illustrator, Fiammetta Dogi, who lives in Florence.