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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:

Kathe W. said...

this looks like a charming book! Fun for kids!

Stephen Tremp said...

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

Lisa said...

what a wonderful lovely book cover

Marjorie (MWD) said...

This sounds beautiful - thanks for highlighting it.

Marjorie (MWD) said...

This sounds beautiful - thanks for highlighting it.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

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

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

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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Arlee Bird said...

I had the peace and bugs, but sometimes I didn't understand much of anything.

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Jo said...

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.

Marie Moody said...

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.

Pam Margolis said...

Very sweet.

Pam Margolis said...

I can't imagine.

Pam Margolis said...

Isn't it the best?

Pam Margolis said...

It is. Thank you.

Pam Margolis said...

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

Pam Margolis said...

Very true Barbara.

Pam Margolis said...

Sometimes understanding comes much later.

Pam Margolis said...

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

Pam Margolis said...

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

Deborah Weber said...

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

Sue Kuentz said...

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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Susan Kane said...

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

Maria Dunn said...

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

J Hanna said...

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.

Barn & Beach said...

An oasis of thought?

kaykuala said...

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

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Hank

Pam Margolis said...

certainly for counselors and teachers too!

Pam Margolis said...

i couldnt agree more.

Michelle Wallace said...

Looks like a delightful book!
Thanks for sharing!

Debra McKellan said...

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