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!