An accessible primer to a time-honored practice.



Dee’s debut picture book introduces young readers to meditation.

Opposite an illustration of a baby whose heart emanates light, the book’s text begins, “On the day you were born…the Divine Source breathed your spirit into you…lit a bright light deep inside your heart.” The baby is then shown as an older child with brown skin, blue eyes, and curly hair; the accompanying text explains that breath is a “SUPER POWER” and that breathing mindfully each day, or meditating, is important. The reader is encouraged to “notice your breath…[and] how your whole body is relaxed,” which will make “you feel calm and peaceful.” Some of the more spiritual sentiments, such as “The light in your heart is growing bright with love,” may not appeal to everyone, but the meditation instructions are child-friendly. Brown’s soft, dreamy illustrations portray the meditation process; some are particularly imaginative, such as one showing a whirl of “energy” arising from the child’s body. The book nods to inclusiveness by encouraging the participation of children in wheelchairs, but some may find the suggested visualizations odd: “if you are unable to [raise your limbs], use your mind to imagine that you can.”

An accessible primer to a time-honored practice.

Pub Date: Jan. 7, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5255-4120-9

Page Count: 28

Publisher: FriesenPress

Review Posted Online: March 2, 2019

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Playful, engaging, and full of opportunities for empathy—a raucous storytime hit.


From the There’s a…in Your Book series

Readers try to dislodge a monster from the pages of this emotive and interactive read-aloud.

“OH NO!” the story starts. “There’s a monster in your book!” The blue, round-headed monster with pink horns and a pink-tipped tail can be seen cheerfully munching on the opening page. “Let’s try to get him out,” declares the narrator. Readers are encouraged to shake, tilt, and spin the book around, while the monster careens around an empty background looking scared and lost. Viewers are exhorted to tickle the monster’s feet, blow on the page, and make a really loud noise. Finally, shockingly, it works: “Now he’s in your room!” But clearly a monster in your book is safer than a monster in your room, so he’s coaxed back into the illustrations and lulled to sleep, curled up under one page and cuddling a bit of another like a child with their blankie. The monster’s entirely cute appearance and clear emotional reactions to his treatment add to the interactive aspect, and some young readers might even resist the instructions to avoid hurting their new pal. Children will be brought along on the monster’s journey, going from excited, noisy, and wiggly to calm and steady (one can hope).

Playful, engaging, and full of opportunities for empathy—a raucous storytime hit. (Picture book. 2-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 5, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5247-6456-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: June 5, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2017

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This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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