Book Review: Meditation is an Open Sky by Whitney Stewart

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Meditation is an Open SkyTitle: Meditation is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids
Author: Whitney Stewart
Publisher: Albert Whitman
Pages: 32
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Format: Hardcover/Kindle

About the Book

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.

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My Review

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Meditation is an Open Sky is a children’s book that teaches children how to meditate. At the beginning of the book, it explains that meditation doesn’t solve problems but it does help us deal with problems. It contains 9 different meditation exercises and suggests at the beginning to read through it and then pick one to do. At the end of the book, there are answers to commonly asked questions such as what if you get bored while meditating or what if your legs get sore?

Meditation is an Open Sky is not only easy to understand, but it has cute pictures.

I think it’s a great idea to teach meditation to children. It’s a good skill to learn and a great tool to help them not only now, but when they’re going through their teen years.


Book Excerpt

You know when you’re having a bad day and nothing seems to go right? You have that wobbly feeling inside that makes you scared, sad, and mad all at the same time. Well, find a quiet place, sit down, and meditate.

 Meditation won’t take away your problems, but it will help you deal with them. You’ll learn to watch your feelings pop up and disappear like soap bubbles.

 Read through this book and pick one meditation for today.

 Sit in a chair or cross-legged on a pillow on the floor.

Keep your back straight but not stiff, and put your hands on your knees or in your lap.

 Close your eyes or keep them slightly open and stare at a spot on the floor.

 Inhale and feel your breath fill up your belly.

 Then breathe out slowly. Continue with slow, full breaths during meditation.


About the Author

Whitney StewartWhitney Stewart grew up in New England and graduated from Brown University. She published her first award-winning, young adult biography after interviewing the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, the subject of two of her books. She trekked with Sir Edmund Hillary in the Everest region of Nepal; interviewed Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon, Burma; and traveled extensively in Asia to research the lives of Deng Xiaoping, Mao Zedong, and Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha. She is the author of three middle-grade novels and multiple middle-grade nonfiction books, including an unknown tale of Abraham Lincoln and artist Francis Bicknell Carpenter. Her newest picture books include A Catfish Tale, a bayou retelling of the Grimm brothers’ Fisherman and his Wife, and Meditation is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids.


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