The Well of Being: A Children’s Book for Adults by Jean-Pierre Weill

The Well of Being: a children’s book for adults is an illustrated inquiry into the pursuit of happiness, and what it means to be radically alive in our daily moments.

This adult picture book takes its reader on a quest for well‐being and self‐acceptance, following the story of a wondering everyman. The projective tale summons the reader’s inner child as a complimentary vehicle to drive the plot through bold reflection and earnest doubt. Assisted by cosmic perspective, the faceless protagonist sets out to retrieve the deep self-comfort and inner wellness lost along life’s way.


About this author

Born in France in 1954, I was one of four siblings who passed their childhoods steeped in the arts — my mother being a writer and teacher of literature and my father being an actor. Eventually, we moved from Paris to New York and when I finished high school I enrolled at St. John’s College to study the classics. After graduating, I joined Spoken Arts, Inc, a family recording company with the goal of producing an audio library of leading 20th Century writers and poets reciting their own works. In 1983, I married the wonderful Rachel Rotenberg and together we launched our separate art careers. Today, we live in Baltimore, MD and together we have five children.

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The Well of Being: a children’s book for adults

The Well of Being is an illustrated inquiry into the pursuit of happiness, and what it means to be fully alive in our daily moments.

“The Well of Being is a beautifully rendered reminder of what is important.” -Ram Dass

“Everyone should read this book – it’s a mind changer.” -Daniel Goleman

“[The Well of Being] is a rapturous amazement. I think it is a Psalm.” -Cynthia Ozick

“The Well of Being distills profound principles with artful simplicity.” -Simcha Frischling

“A beautifully crafted, uplifting meditation on the inner, personal dimensions of hope.” -Kirkus Reviews

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