What Does It Mean to Be Present?

What Does It Mean to Be Present?

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by Rana DiOrio
     
 

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What does being present look like? Noticing when someone in your class needs help and taking the time to help them. Sound like? The rain outside your window. Smell like? Briny seaweed at the beach. Taste like? A bite of orange. Feel like? Allowing the rhythm of your breath, in and out … to make you feel peaceful.

Follow a group of friends at school, at home

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What does being present look like? Noticing when someone in your class needs help and taking the time to help them. Sound like? The rain outside your window. Smell like? Briny seaweed at the beach. Taste like? A bite of orange. Feel like? Allowing the rhythm of your breath, in and out … to make you feel peaceful.

Follow a group of friends at school, at home, and at the beach as they experience just what it means to be present.

Editorial Reviews

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“What Does it Mean to Be Present? demonstrates practical ways to practice being present. Bright illustrations and lyrical text concisely and delightfully deliver the message of the importance of now.”—The Children's Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780984080687
Publisher:
Little Pickle Press, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Series:
What Does It Mean To Be...? Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
55,975
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Read an Excerpt

"Being present means...
listening carefully when other people are speaking.
...noticing when someone needs help and taking the time to give them the help they need.
...focusing on what's happening now, instead of thinking about what's next."

Meet the Author

Author Bio:

Rana DiOrio was born in Providence, RI and grew up in a colorful Italian-American family. Her curiosity about the world began in kindergarten, while studying Western access to China and, obviously, panda bears. As a political science major/psychology minor in college, and then as a law student, she became fascinated with understanding perspective, and how just about any person, place, thing, or situation can be interpreted in so many valid ways.

“I believe that I have two ears, two eyes and one mouth intentionally, so I listen and observe more than I talk,” she explains. “As a result, I think I’m better able to respect and appreciate diversity.” Rana’s inspiration for writing What Does It Mean To Be Global? was the election of President Barack Obama and explaining its significance, on so many levels, to her children.

Rana has written her way through life–as a student, a lawyer, an investment banker, a private equity investor, and now as an author and publisher of children’s picture books. Her interests include practicing yoga, reading non-fiction, dreaming, effecting positive change, and, of course, being global, green, and present. She lives in Tiburon, California with her three Little Pickles.

Illustrator Bio: 

Eliza Wheeler, was born into a family of musicians, artists, and teachers, and was raised in the north woods of Wisconsin. As a toddler, she adored crayons, and drawing has been her favorite creative outlet ever since. Eliza received her BFA in Graphic Design at the University of Wisconsin-Stout; shortly thereafter, she abandoned the mouse and embraced pen on paper to pursue a career in illustration. She began studying illustration in earnest and fell in love all over again with the picture books of her childhood.

Now, Eliza has found her true calling illustrating for the children's book market and creating illustrated gifts for her online gallery. While illustrating What Does It Mean To Be Present?, Eliza reflected upon her life experiences of being present: as a young girl, swimming in the Brule River and picking blueberries with her grandma; as a teen, running on long country roads; and today, hiking in the Hollywood Hills and walking to the farmer's market. Eliza's interests include camping, reading, listening to music, and appreciating art. She and her husband live in Los Angeles, "like two peas in a pod."
 

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KhadijahTL More than 1 year ago
Rana DiOrio's "What Does It Mean To Be..." series is a must for every classroom, library, and home. In "What Does It Mean To Be Present" she explores the concept of living in the moment, of being aware of what is going on around and within you, and being grateful for each and every moment your are given. The text is clear and easily understood by children, and the author's advice and ideas for being present are excellent and easy to implement. The illustrations are so sweet, and add so much to this beautiful book.
SweetSarahCA More than 1 year ago
What Does it Mean to Be Present is a vital read for readers of all ages, especially busy folks who want to teach their little people to value focus and appreciate life's little joys. The narrative is thoughtful and elegant; the characters are relatable and diverse. The illustrations are charming, detailed and beautiful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our family loves this book!  We picked it up a couple of years ago at a book fair from the author and read it regularly.  It's so important to teach children about being present and this book does it in such a sweet and simple way!  This is a great gift idea for any family with young children.  It is a gentle reminder to take time to stop and simply live in the moment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this is an amazing book. Definitely not just for kids, "What Does It Mean to be Present?" reminds us ALL that being present is so important to living a full and happy life. Filled with beautiful colors, gorgeous illustrations, and simple yet elegant writing, "What Does It Mean to be Present?" is a winner for sure! 
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
This title is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.