29 Apr Meditation is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids – Review
Feeling mindful is feeling good! You know when you’re having a bad day, you have that wobbly feeling inside and nothing seems to go right? Find a quiet place, sit down, and meditate! In this daily companion, kids of any age will learn simple exercises to help manage stress and emotions, find focus, and face challenges. They’ll discover how to feel safe when scared, relax when anxious, spread kindness, and calm anger when frustrated. Simple, secular, and mainstream, this mindfulness book is an excellent tool for helping kids deal with the stresses of everyday life.
In today’s supercharged society, teaching children skills like meditation can provide them with tools to survive everyday adversity. That’s why Meditation is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids is such an important book.
This colorful children’s book filled with absolutely adorable illustrations of an elephant and a monkey learning to take it easy is a natural favorite with kids. They’re instantly drawn to it.
The book goes through different emotions and corresponding meditations for each one. Children learn coping skills for feeling sad, angry and scared. They are provided with techniques for finding clarity and just plain relaxing. The book covers just about any situation they might find themselves in.
While the exercises are geared towards children, this book can benefit all ages. In fact, for someone like me whose mind is constantly racing and who finds it difficult to meditate, these simple meditations are the perfect remedy. They’re taught in a gentle way, so the reader feels comfortable practicing them and not anxious to get them just right.
I originally wanted this book for my three-year-old wild child, but I think it might be just a teeny bit advanced for him. It might be better suited for five or six years and up. He looked at the pictures with excitement, but lost interest as I read through the exercises. However, Mommy found it fascinating. I will revisit it with him when he’s a little older, but for now, I’ll definitely make use of it for my own meditations.
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Illustrated by Sally Rippin
March 1, 2015
Albert Whitman & Company
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About the Author
Whitney Stewart grew up in New England and graduated from Brown University. She published her first award-winning, young adult biography after interviewing the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, the subject of two of her books. She trekked with Sir Edmund Hillary in the Everest region of Nepal; interviewed Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon, Burma; and traveled extensively in Asia to research the lives of Deng Xiaoping, Mao Zedong, and Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha. She is the author of three middle-grade novels and multiple middle-grade nonfiction books, including an unknown tale of Abraham Lincoln and artist Francis Bicknell Carpenter. Her newest picture books include A Catfish Tale, a bayou retelling of the Grimm brothers’ Fisherman and his Wife, and Meditation is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids.