Peaceful Piggy Meditation

Peaceful Piggy Meditation

by Kerry Lee Maclean, Kerry Maclean
     
 

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Sometimes life seems like it's all about hurrying--so many places to go! And sometimes it's hard when things don't go your way--it can make a piggy angry and sad. So how do young piggies find a peaceful place in a frustrating world? They meditate!See more details below

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Sometimes life seems like it's all about hurrying--so many places to go! And sometimes it's hard when things don't go your way--it can make a piggy angry and sad. So how do young piggies find a peaceful place in a frustrating world? They meditate!

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Publishers Weekly
Hog heaven need not be unattainable for busy kids-er, piggies-who meditate daily, according to MacLean (The Family Meditation Book), a practiced children's meditation instructor. "Sometimes the world can be such a busy, noisy place," the book begins, then chronicles the frantic pace that can stress out children. She pictures piglets racing to school, playing video games and fighting over toys: "It can be hard not to lose your temper when you're angry and you can get really frustrated when things don't go your way." She then depicts the pigs meditating, as they sit with crossed legs on mats "like a king or queen on their throne, feeling the solid earth beneath them and the big sky all around them." MacLean lists ways in which meditation helps piggies be happier ("This makes it easier to accept things that happen and stop wishing for things to be different"). Her porcine characters repose idyllically in contemplative postures, characterized by expressive curves on their hooves and ears. An endnote offers tips and exercises for beginners and exhortations to spend time meditating as a family. Narrow in focus and lofty in aims, MacLean convincingly makes a case for the benefits of children taking time daily for their own emotional well-being. Ages 5-9. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The value of meditation for children is told via a family of pigs. We see the animals go through many of the same meditation procedures people use in the humorous illustrations by the author. MacLean's belief in meditation and its many benefits are evident throughout the book. Children, with the help of adults, will find ways to meditate using this book. That stress and fear can be eliminated through these techniques is a part of the meditation philosophy. Families who meditate together find they have happier, calmer, more peaceful children. The last page is written for adults. MacLean explains how getting her family of five children up fifteen minutes early allowed ten minutes of meditation every day. She explains that the children did not always want to participate. However, their lives have been richer and more tranquil for the experience. 2004, Albert Whitman & Company, Ages 4 to 10.
—Jennie DeGenaro
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-The young pigs in this story balance a stressful, hectic life with regular meditation. Using straightforward-though somewhat saccharine-language and images, MacLean, a certified children's meditation instructor, describes this practice and explores its benefits, which include increased self-confidence and feelings of peace and well-being. The vibrant illustrations featuring the blissed-out pigs are childlike in their simplicity. At the end of the book, the author offers instructions on how to meditate and describes her experiences with using family meditation in her own life and in her practice. There are few titles for young children that explain and teach meditation techniques. As such, this offering will find a place in many libraries.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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"Even families that normally regard meditation as so much New Age folderol may find this chipper offering both endearing and persuasive."

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"The vibrant illustrations featuring the blissed-out pigs are chidllike in their simplicity."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807563816
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
01/01/2004
Series:
Albert Whitman Prairie Paperback Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
85,337
Product dimensions:
10.72(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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