From the sounds of a bird greeting the morning sun to the rising
of a silver moon at bedtime, a young girl experiences “a mindful day”
from start to finish
Want to turn a dull day into a wonderful day? Make it a mindful day!
When we slow down and pay close attention, we learn what it means to be mindful. In Mindful Day,
early readers follow along as a young girl brings this special kind of
attention to the various activities of her day with her family.
Hopkinson’s lyrical narrative and Ng-Benitez’s delightful
illustrations, kids will explore feelings such as gratitude and love,
learn how our breathing can calm our bodies, and discover how remarkable
every moment can be when we experience it as fully as possible.
Mindful Day also
shares positive examples like being patient, appreciating the little
things, and showing empathy, while giving children their first
introduction to the life-changing skill of mindfulness.
Two siblings awake in the same bed and enjoy a slow, deep breath; thus begins a mindful day.
this text, the young characters and their mother are shown connecting
to the present moment through their senses—in other words, practicing
mindfulness. They fully notice each daily task, from the mundane
(crunching breakfast cereal, getting dressed) to the fun (shopping at a
fruit stand, visiting the library). They feel the warm sun, hear the
sounds of the city, taste the flavors of their food, and practice
gratitude. Between each of these moments of purposeful awareness, they
breathe intentionally, softly and slowly. Rather than instructing
mindfulness to readers, as in Susan Verde’s I Am Peace,
illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds (2017), this narrative exemplifies how a
day may be experienced when mindfulness is organically embedded within
it. Mindfulness doesn’t render life solely blissful, and the characters
are shown responding with urgency when appropriate, as when the day
suddenly turns from mild to stormy. However, there is an unshakeable
calm in narrative and illustration that permeates each task. The thick
lines, bold colors, and emotive faces in the illustrations are appealing
and complement the narrative well. All family members are
A solid demonstration of the
benefits of mindfulness practice when it is applied to daily life.
(Picture book. 5-9) - Kirkus