JUST BREATHE by Mallika Chopra


Meditation, Mindfulness, Movement, and More
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Age Range: 9 - 14
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Chopra—daughter of well-known self-help guru Deepak Chopra—delivers a stress-management guide for young people.

Following an introduction, the book is divided into six categories: “Breathe,” “Move,” “Be Silent,” “Notice,” “Ask Questions,” and “Create.” Six to 12 short practices (typically designed to last around five minutes, though some are longer or shorter) are offered in each category. Many of the techniques are variations on those traditional to Buddhism or yoga; others are creative exercises targeting specific stressors of the day, such as bullying and social media. Readers are encouraged to read through a practice in its entirety and then try using it. Adults sharing mindfulness with children and preteens will find a treasure trove of scripts for guided practice. Young people of various skin tones, genders, and religious expressions are included in the illustrations, but there is a noticeable tone of privilege within the author’s text. Access to parents available at home, safe neighborhoods, and public green spaces are assumed in some practices. Young people who face survival-based challenges in their day-to-day lives may not find that exemplars referenced—such as not knowing anyone at summer camp—speak directly to their life experience. An audiobook download is available for separate purchase from the publisher's website for those who would like to listen and follow along with the exercises.

Though slightly limited in its utility for the desired audience, this resource offers a thorough collection of kid-friendly mindfulness practices. (Nonfiction. 9-14)

Pub Date: Aug. 28th, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-7624-9158-2
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Running Press Kids
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2018


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