What's in Your Mind Today?
Illustrated By: Angela Perrini
What's in Your Mind Today?  -     By: Louise Bladen
    Illustrated By: Angela Perrini
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Illustrated By: Angela Perrini
Beaming Books / 2020 / Hardcover

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In What's in Your Mind Today? by Louise Bladen and illustrated by Angela Perrini, children discover what mindfulness means and are encouraged to practice it using simple tools to help them feel calm and at peace. Many children struggle with negative thoughts, and they often do not know how to make these thoughts go away. In this guided, illustrated meditation for children ages 3 to 8 years, author Louise Bladen offers a simple mindfulness practice, not to banish bad thoughts, but to feel calm in the midst of thoughts that come and go. Kids will learn how to breathe and center themselves in their bodies, find different ways to think about their positive and negative thoughts, and ultimately learn that they have the ability to feel calm and at peace no matter what kinds of thoughts happen to be in their mind at any particular moment. 32 pages; hardcover edition.

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Title: What's in Your Mind Today?
By: Louise Bladen
Illustrated By: Angela Perrini
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Beaming Books
Publication Date: 2020
Dimensions: 9.25 X 10.75 X 0.25 (inches)
Weight: 13 ounces
ISBN: 1506463770
ISBN-13: 9781506463773
Ages: 3-8
Stock No: WW463773

Publishers Weekly

Bladen, a meditation teacher, takes young readers through a guided mindfulness exercise in rhyme. A circle of children sit outdoors on blankets with their shoes off, eyes closed in participation: “Take a deep breath in... and out it goes. Can you feel the air rushing through your nose?” Elsewhere, Perrini depicts a pair of air-filled lungs, colorful hot air balloons floating peacefully within. As the kids are encouraged to “take a look at the thoughts in your mind,” the reader is shown what’s occurring within, behind facial silhouettes: Molly, whose thoughts “flit and flutter all over the skies,” has a head full of butterflies, while Oliver stares down a monster of a thought. Bladen’s rhyming structure does more to distract than support the exercise, and the meandering narrative makes the meditation difficult to follow. Perrini’s cheerful, childlike scrawls pack an imaginative punch that supports the narrative visualization. Ages 3–8.

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1---Everyone has thoughts that can cloud their brain and distract or worry them. But with simple breathing techniques and recognizing that each person has their own troublesome thoughts, it becomes easier to calm down, take a breath, and gain some peace of mind. Thus, this quick and helpful instructional story helps young children work towards dealing with their own chaotic thoughts. Originally published in Australia, Bladen’s story makes its American debut. To start, the book highlights the words In and Out and from there the cadence of the book mimics breathing, and counts the number of breaths the reader is taking. Each successive page features the profile of a child, with the silhouette full of brightly illustrated images related to the child’s specific wandering thoughts, whether they are bouncing, worrisome, or flitting. For example; one child’s thoughts are bubbles, boiling and bursting, offering readers a pleasing alliterative metaphor. The story affirms that it is okay for children to have a difficult time with their thoughts while also offering a tried and true practice for coping. VERDICT Full of rhyme and clever poetic devices, this simple yet powerful story is a great guided meditation for young children.---Kaitlin Malixi, Kensington Health Sciences Academy, Philadelphia

Kirkus Reviews

The meditation practice of counting breaths to create calm is presented in this picture book first published in Australia.

This introduction to calming meditation is aimed at young readers and presents a simple technique: counting breaths to 10. After directly encouraging readers via second-person narration to count their breaths to 10, the story relates what each of five youngsters---illustrated with varied gender presentation and shown with diverse hair textures and skin tones---have in their minds, thoughtwise. For example, “Molly’s thoughts are butterflies” while “Oliver’s thoughts are monsters,” and “Amelia’s thoughts are wriggly worms.” After acknowledging these different types of thoughts, the text segues to the idea that all thoughts are fleeting and transient---even scary ones. This important point is the basis of meditation, and it’s heartening to find it reinforced so strongly throughout as well as being the final summation: “Just finding your breath can put you at ease. / Watch your thoughts drift away, then feel calm… / And at peace.” In its essence, the theme is clearly presented and unintimidating, but the perky rhyme carries with it a hint of patronization. Perrini’s illustrations don’t vary from full-bleed double-page spreads, and while they present plenty of open space---reinforcing the idea of uncluttered mindfulness---they generally lack any imaginative interpretation, mostly mirroring the words. However, it is enriching to see diversity represented.

A solid and unintimidating introduction to mindfulness meditation for young readers. (Picture book. 5-10)

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