The 7th Child is a gorgeous storybook that retells the Garden of Eden story, the Fall from Grace, and the travails that followed for humanity. Until, a special child – a magical 7th child – was born who showed everyone how to reconnect with the One wholeness of Creation.
It is clear from the illustrations who this 7th child, this Maestro, really is. It is also spelled out on the back cover of the book that:
“The 7th child is an artistic expression of the life of Michael Jackson. It portrays in words and paintings, Michael’s demonstration of the choices we all can make to heal ourselves and our world, through the power of innocence and wonder.”
What sets the 7th child apart is his connection to God and nature as was demonstrated in his art and earned him the title of Maestro.
“The Source from which all Life flowed, was expressed through his pure heart and connection to Truth. He WAS the Oneness that had been forgotten. When he danced, he became the music. When he sang, he became the song.”
Not surprisingly, the Medians, a class of rulers that had arisen since society had lost its Oneness with nature, were concerned about their zealously protected role as leaders of the people. They were so concerned they attempted to undermine the influence of the Maestro and the respect which people accorded him.
“They started rumours about him. They told stories that painted him as bizarre and weird.” Sound familiar – if you know Michael Jackson’s short film “Ghosts” you will recognise this scenario. It is a scenario that reflected events in his adult life right through to its final decade.
Of course, they did not stop with spreading rumours; the Medians, like Jackson’s real life adversaries, concocted scenarios of wrong-doing (written with sensitivity for young readers). Even when the accusations were revealed as unfounded, “this cruelty hurt the Maestro deeply.”
How does the story end? It doesn’t really, if we realise we are talking about Michael Jackson’s legacy. How author Brenda Jenkyns writes it, and Siren illustrates it, is something you should discover for yourself – by buying what was obviously a labour of love for this Canadian duo.
The 7th Child is a slim, quarto-sized soft-covered book that can be read to children as a morality tale masquerading as fable or fairy tale. Adults should read it to understand Otherness and Genius, and the 7th child named Michael who was, is and always will be, the Maestro to those who know and love him.
Review by Kerry Hennigan
21 August 2017
Purchase the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/7th-Child-Key-Creations/dp/151941921X
Brenda Jenkyns author’s page on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Brenda-Jenkyns/e/B00958G430
Michael Jackson Art by Siren Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelJacksonArtBySiren/