“Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems”
Teaching children at a young age how to be present and how to self-calm can become a beneficial skill that can help them later in life when faced with stress. In Breathe and Be, mindfulness poems set the stage for children to calm, relax, and be. These poems use nature analogies that children can easily relate to.
By the end of the book, a sense of calm and serenity prevails. Readers connect mindfulness with the beauty of nature. On the book’s back cover, this poem portrays rushing thoughts and centeredness.
Gorgeous illustrations create a soothing peacefulness while illustrating how readers’ awareness of their thoughts can promote mindfulness.
This book promotes visualization, flexible thinking, and nature.
TITLE: Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems
AUTHOR: Kate Coombs
ILLUSTRATOR: Anna Emilia Laitinen
PUBLISHER: Sounds True, 2017
AGE GROUP: 4-8
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: visualization, flexible thinking, nature
1) Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, is quoted: “Mindfulness is the awareness that arises through paying attention on purpose in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” As an act of mindfulness, sit quietly in nature. Pick a small square of dirt to observe. For five to ten minutes focus only on that patch of earth, watching nature happen.
2) Try your hand at writing a tanka poem. A tanka poem has five lines. The first and third lines have five syllables. The second, fourth and fifth lines have seven syllables. Here is an example that I wrote.
by Ann Kelley
dollops of whipped cream
drift across speckled blue sky
like scoops of ice cream
piling higher and higher
until melting raindrops pour
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