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Saturday, April 18, 2015

P is for Peace, Bugs, and Understanding: An Adventure in Sibling Harmony


It's P Day


Which means P is for Pammy Pam,  
your fave unconventional librarian!

I have a book for you that I think you'll love:

Peace, Bugs, and Understanding: An Adventure in Sibling Harmony 
by Gail Silver, Illustrated by Youme Nguyen Ly


I know you're looking at the title and wondering what in the world the book is about. 
I also know you're loving the adorbs cover as much as I am!


So, here's a recap: Lily and her little sister Ruby are having a picnic when, in typical little sibling style Ruby ruins their checkers game. Lily is irritated at her sister, of course, but after reading a beautiful allegory about her grandfather who must come to terms with his angry feelings.
Lily learns to practice breathing techniques to calm herself and not feel so angry at her little sister too. The process of Metta is kind of like mindfulness, which includes breathing techniques and may help promote forgiveness.  

I love this sweet picture book for so many reasons! First the illustrations are breathtakingly simple watercolors that evoke the feeling of child like storytelling. Second the philosophies are Asian inspired and the people and the culture are beautifully authentic looking. And finally, I love the idea of teaching children (and the grown ups who are reading the book to them) how to channel their anger into positive feelings. 

As the book says;
May you be happy.
May you be strong.
May you be safe.
May you live with peace.  

We all could all benefit from a little more peace, bugs, and understanding, no? Do you have any suggestions for mindfulness for the little ones? Tell me!




30 comments:

  1. this looks like a charming book! Fun for kids!

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  2. Sibling Harmony? My parents needed that book. I have three siblings and all of us were born within a seven year span.

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  3. what a wonderful lovely book cover

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  4. This sounds beautiful - thanks for highlighting it.

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  5. This sounds beautiful - thanks for highlighting it.

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  6. Hi Pam - sounds an excellent little book for those siblings and their parents - could be a really good aide to family life .. cheers Hilary

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    1. I agree. I wish I'd had it when my littles were little.

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  7. I never had to deal with much of that particular brand of drama. My sisters were 18 and 16 when I was born. And I had Bubba and Bug 10 years apart. But everyone is either the younger, annoying child or the older aggravated child somewhere, sometime.
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  8. I had the peace and bugs, but sometimes I didn't understand much of anything.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Wrote By Rote

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    1. Sometimes understanding comes much later.

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  9. I don't know about mindfulness for children, it is important for adults too. It is a philosophy often taught with the study of T'ai Chi.

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    1. Kids can benefit from learning to be in the moment and appreciating what they have.

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  10. Don't like bugs... ewwww Maybe a book for my grandsons... not sure about the granddaughters because you say the word bug and they run screaming from the room. LOL Have a great weekend.

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    1. Lol. I thought that too but the frog eats the bugs!

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  11. Oh what a charmer - it's going on my to-get list for sure.

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  12. Awww, totally agree! Such a sweet book! Not only is this a perfect book for kids and parents, but also for school counselors and teachers - very nice!
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    1. certainly for counselors and teachers too!

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  13. Peace and bugs and understanding...all fit together nicely!

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  14. Having a daughter, Ruby and her dear friend who is like a sister, Lilly, your comments and book reference draw special attention from me today. Relationships of all sorts have a way of growing us in peace, understanding, and harmony, or disquietude, misunderstanding, and disharmony. So much is up to the parties involved, ey!? Thank you for your post. Maria@Delight Directed Living

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  15. I used to let certain things get to me, but I found over the years I am more at peace when I accept situations and people for what and who they are. Peace comes when we realize we can truly only control our own reaction to things.

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  16. Sibling harmony, how nice! One hears of sibling rivalry most often! Hank's is here.

    http://imagery77.blogspot.com/2015/04/photography-with-yusuf-hashim.html

    Hank

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  17. Looks like a delightful book!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  18. It is a cute cover, and something I can relate to, having grown up with a little sister. lol

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