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Meditation is an open sky : mindfulness for kids /

Meditation is an open sky : mindfulness for kids /
Stewart, Whitney, 1959-
Copies: 3; Reserves: 0

Describes nine simple meditation exercises to help kids find focus, manage stress, and face challenges.
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Control No. 1139422
LCCN 2014035368
ISBN 9780807549087 (hbk.)
ISBN 0807549088 (hbk.)
Author Stewart Whitney 1959
Title Meditation is an open sky : -- mindfulness for kids / -- Whitney Stewart ; pictures by Sally Rippin.
Physical Description 31 pages : -- color illustrations ; -- 21 cm
Series Title Ask Alison recommended
General Note First published in 2014 as Big sky mind by Windy Hollow Books, Melbourne, Australia.
Formatted Contents Note Mind drawing -- Protection circle -- Jigsaw puzzle -- Special place -- Friendship meditation -- Mind clearing -- Wise friend -- Bursting emotion -- Big sky mind -- Questions about meditation.
Summary "Nine simple mindfulness exercises designed to manage stress and emotions"-- -- Provided by publisher.
Subject Meditation
Subject Awareness
Subject Emotions
Alternate Author Rippin Sally
Variant Title Big sky mind.
Electronic Location Cover image --

 annotations (4)

Annotation 1 Describes nine simple meditation exercises to help kids find focus, manage stress, and face challenges.

Annotation 2 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.

Annotation 3 Describes nine simple meditation exercises to help children find focus, manage stress, and face challenges.

Annotation 4 Describes nine simple meditation exercises to help kids find focus, manage stress and face challenges.


 reviews (5)

Booklist Reviews 2015 March #1
This quirky little book should have real usefulness for the right sort of child. Though the title gives one definition of meditation, the term is never fully explained, and the format gives off a preschooler vibe: simple but cute illustrations introduce a monkey and an elephant as meditation guides. However, the information, written clearly and concisely, would probably be of interest to somewhat older children: how to meditate on a special place for relaxation or on a protection circle for security, or trying to attain wisdom by seeing oneself as a jigsaw puzzle. In the latter example, kids are invited to imagine they are a puzzle made of hundreds of pieces that are ever-changing feelings, moods, and thoughts. The puzzle can be pulled apart and put back together through the use of "inner wisdom." Most of the meditations are less complex than the puzzle but require will and ability. Still, this is an intriguing introduction to an ancient art. Stressed parents may find it helpful, too. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Fall
Stewart describes nine mindfulness meditations to help children deal with emotions and stress, increase focus, make decisions, and more. Astute yet kid-friendly language lends approachability to the concepts ("You'll learn to watch your feelings pop up and disappear like soap bubbles"), while soft cartoon illustrations starring a chilled-out elephant and monkey underscore the friendly vibe. Six FAQ are addressed at book's end.

Kirkus Reviews 2015 January #2
This primer on visualization techniques uses a monkey and an elephant to introduce children to mindfulness and meditation. There's no story in this Australian import. Instead, an introduction directly addresses readers, describing meditation as a technique for managing one's feelings. Opening text counsels, "Meditation won't take away your problems, but it will help you deal with them," and appears alongside an illustration of an elephant relaxing in a bathtub and imagining "feelings pop[ping] up and disappear[ing] like soap bubbles." This prescriptive approach to meditation seems a bit reductive, but ensuing spreads that prompt specific visualization exercises move beyond using meditation to help one "deal with" problems. Throughout, the elephant can be seen meditating to relax, achieve focus, feel secure and so on. The monkey appears in some spreads as part of the elephant's visualization exercises. A closing section, "Questions about Meditation," advises readers about what to do if they feel bored, wiggly, sleepy, scared or frustrated, or if they have sore legs when they try to meditate. Ultimately, this will work best as a guide for an adult to use with a child in specific scenarios that might call for mindfulness and meditation. Keep this in mind as a possible introduction to meditation for children. (Informational picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus 2015 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

PW Reviews 2015 February #4

"Meditation won't take away your problems, but it will help you deal with them," writes Stewart before walking children through nine meditative exercises that aim to ease feelings of fear, indecisiveness, and anger. Rippin uses a gentle-looking elephant to demonstrate each tactic; as Stewart describes drawing "an object that makes you happy" to improve concentration and clarity, the elephant's thought balloon contains (what else?) a peanut. Stewart's peaceful tone is reassuring and calming in itself, and a closing section addresses questions about boredom and sleepiness for meditation newbies. A solid resource for children (and the adults in their lives) who are seeking to get a handle on tricky emotions and situations. Ages 4–7. (Mar.)

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SLJ Reviews 2015 February

PreS-Gr 4—Any child who's ever had a bad day and experienced strong emotions that they're not sure how to express will welcome this guide to mindfulness, and perhaps discover a great tool for sorting through emotions. This soothing picture book uses animal characters to show children how to meditate. It covers nine simple exercises that children can practice in various situations, such as "mind drawing" for focus, "protection circle" for security, "special place" for relaxation, and "mind clearing" for clarity. There are also exercises for wisdom, kindness, decision-making, self-control, and openness. The book empowers children with a great set of tools to keep in their "back pocket" as they encounter situations on a daily basis. The playful artwork helps readers envision how each exercise is completed. This book would also be a great manual for teachers to have on hand to help students. The answers to frequently asked questions about meditation at the end of the book are excellent; readers will come away understanding that everyone moves through life and these exercises a little differently—and that's okay. VERDICT Tastefully done. Even skeptics will find useful exercises for classroom management and helping children cope with conflict.—Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE

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 author biography

Whitney Stewart is a children’s book author, meditation teacher, and a born adventurer. She has traveled to Tibet, Nepal, and India and teaches mindfulness at Tulane University and to children and teens. Her most recent children’s book is A Catfish Tale: A Bayou Story of the Fisherman and His Wife. Whitney lives in Louisiana, with her husband and son. Sally Rippin has written and illustrated over 50 books for children and young adults. She was born in Australia and studied art in China. She lives in Melbourne.

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