Meditate with Me: A Step-by-Step Mindfulness Journey
Meditate with Me: A Step-by-Step Mindfulness Journey
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Annotation: A classroom full of animals demonstrates the principles of mindfulness in this guide to meditation for children.
Catalog Number: #147323
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Dial
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Illustrator: Surnaite, Margarita,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-399-18661-1
ISBN 13: 978-0-399-18661-5
Dewey: 158.1
LCCN: 2016056262
Dimensions: 24 x 28 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Gates leads readers through very simple steps for mindfulness meditations, with emphasis on breathing and listening. A clear text with occasional rhymes effectively distills the practice into kid-friendly terms ("Flex your arms, and squeeze tight. Now let it all go, and be loose like spaghetti"). Surnaite's digital illustrations in a soothing, cool palette show anthropomorphized animal-children acting out each step.
Kirkus Reviews
A cast of young, cartoon animals in children's clothes follow the narrator's directions about how to "relax, breathe, and listen." The title page shows a pig, an elephant, a rabbit, a bear, and a cat—all in school attire, including brightly colored backpacks—heading toward a large set of stairs. Behind them is an urban skyline, and around them are the flora and fauna of a park. The entire text is composed of simple instructions for relaxation, beginning with the suggestion that readers sit down and clench, then relax, "every part of your body." After the cat follows these commands, the perfect, humorous choice to illustrate noticing the breath is the elephant. The bunny, piglet, and bear show proper placement of paws for feeling breaths. Throughout, the text is straightforward, with a few gentle rhymes. As the animals use visualization, background scenes move from the classroom to an idyllic beach. A jar of glitter is used to help the animals imagine their thoughts settling down. The text moves on to helping children express different emotions with their bodies, always affirming the importance of breathing and, later, listening. A jewel-toned palette, sweet animal faces, and soothing landscapes—combined with a text infused with care—ensure that a child or adult can pick up any part of this book to take a needed break from stress. An impressive, thoughtful collaboration. (Picture book. 3-6)
School Library Journal
Gr 13In this introduction to meditation, children learn some basic techniques to calm their minds and recognize their emotions. The author, who has also written Good Night Yoga and Good Morning Yoga, includes four steps to meditate, starting with exercises to sit and relax. Others include breathing, listening, and keeping calm. Each practice is demonstrated by a group of cute, friendly anthropomorphized animals, depicted in soft pastel colors. The content is very accessible; for example, in teaching children to settle down, the text uses the analogy that a mind is similar to a snow globe-type object, with glitter representing thoughts. ("You can use your breath and body to set that busy mind down flat. Gently just like that. Swish! You can feel what it's like to be just here, just now.") Each page has about one to five sentences of text, making for a clean, approachable layout. VERDICT A calming introduction to meditation suitable for one-on-one or group use, at home or in the library.Robin Sofge, Prince William Public Library System, VA
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2
Lexile: AD510L

This accessible and fun guide to meditation and mindfulness is the perfect introduction for young children
Meditation does a body good, and can even help kids as young as four or five. This practical guide is gentle, clear, and a pleasure to use. Kids will learn how to focus on their breath, on the sensations in their body, and on the sounds around them to help them relax, settle their busy minds, and understand their emotions. Illustrated with cheerful drawings of five animal friends, the book offers step-by-step directions and a repeating refrain: 

"Breathe in, and fill your whole body. Breathe out, and relax your whole body." 

It's an invigorating first experience of mindfulness that can be shared by parents and children at home, or by teachers and students in the classroom.

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