This beautiful picture book, written by psychologist Bronwen Ballard and illustrated by award-winning artist Laura Carlin, shows children that worries and negative thoughts are normal and helps them develop healthy thinking habits.
A story told in pictures is captioned with helpful, poetic ways of thinking happily, in a style that is both instantly accessible and backed by real expertise. Laura Carlin's deceptively simple illustrations put abstract concepts into colourful, calming visual terms, showing how we can choose to think about how we think.
Tips on mindfulness and extra resources for parents are included at the back of the book. This is the perfect book to read aloud with children or grandchildren, encouraging talking about feelings and taking action to live happily.
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 32
Dimensions: 290 x 235 mm
Some parents might find the idea of children's self-help off-putting. But Your Mind is Like the Sky, by Bronwen Ballard (a "personal coach and organisational consultant"), is an exemplar of the genre. It is aimed at readers of seven, but would be suitable for younger ones too. "Your mind is like the sky," it begins. "Sometimes it's clear and blue", with "white, fluffy cloud thoughts", but sometimes it is full of "darker, meaner, raincloud thoughts". This is the problem that the book addresses.
Most children's self-help books take anxiety as their theme. Unusually, however, there are no games or activities suggested here, and no "calm down tactics". The message is relayed solely through the pictures and text, which show a little girl wrestling with her dark thoughts - and finally beating them. "When a raincloud thought comes into your head, you say, 'Oh, it's a raincloud thought'. And then you notice all the white fluffy cloud thoughts as well." With lyrical illustrations by Laura Carlin, this is an engaging and refreshingly jargon-free book, which would be ideal for any worried child. -- Emily Bearn * The Daily Telegraph *
One to watch out for. Subtitled A First Book of Mindfulness, this picture book, with its busy, stylish drawings, suggests how to respond to sad thoughts, so you do not get lost in them.-- Nicolette Jones * The Sunday Times *
'The perfect introduction to mindfulness in young people.' * Angels and Urchins *
Featured in Children's Books Recommendations for April 2019?-? 'a beautiful introduction to mindfulness for young children...?it's a perfect way to teach children that worries are normal?' * Mini Travellers *
'A beautiful, gentle picture-book and guide to mindfulness encouraging children to accept anxious or angry thoughts as rain clouds that will gradually pass away, leaving clear skies behind.' * Metro *
30 Best Children's Books for 2019: 'a sophisticated attempt to get young children to engage with their emotions, presented simply.' * inews *
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