Your Mind is Like the Sky (Hardback)
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Your Mind is Like the Sky (Hardback)

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Hardback 32 Pages
Published: 07/02/2019

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Your mind is like the sky. Sometimes it's clear and blue – but sometimes a raincloud thought comes along and makes everything seem dark. So, what can we do about rainclouds?
 
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: Quarto Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781847809032
Number of pages: 32
Dimensions: 290 x 235 mm


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Our most cherished picture books tend to be those that contain an underlying wisdom. Giraffes Can't Dance (Giles Andreae) affirms that it is all right to be different; Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar has inspired Marxist, feminist and queer interpretations - but is described by its author as "a book of hope", showing how even the most insignificant-seeming creature can unfold its talent. But our busy modern children do not need whimsical stories to help them make sense of the world. Instead, they can take direct advice from a growing library of self-help books, designed (to quote the author of one, Create Your Own Happy) to help them take "positive steps towards their own happiness and positive self-esteem!" 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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“An Essential First Book of Mindfulness”

As someone who struggles with controlling my thoughts, I was very intrigued when I heard about this book. Mindfulness is something that I haven't found useful in the past, much as I'd love it to be! So, I... More

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