* Winner of the 2018 Tillywig Parents’ Favorite Products Award *
* Winner of the Independent Press Award, 2018 Picture Books - Ages 4-8 *
* Winner of the Moonbeam Award for Mind-Body-Spirit & Self-Esteem *
* Winner of the Silver Award for best Preschool Picture Book at the Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2018 *
* Winner of the Silver Award for Children's Picture Book, Nautilus Book Award 2018 *
“Listen to your body. It isn’t hard to do. All it takes is a minute, even if you’re feeling blue.”
Golden Sparkles are in every child’s heart, a gift from the universe connecting them to others and to their own feelings. Colourful, energetic artwork by Mateya Arkova, 2017 International Book Awards Winner and 2017 Gold Medal Reader’s Favorite in Children’s Nonfiction, brings to life the adventures of Dahlia, Victor and Bluu as they grow in mindfulness, learning to listen with all of their senses to what their bodies have to tell them each moment of every day.
Through its transporting story and included glossary and exercises, Golden Sparkles offers a brief and beautifully illustrated introduction to key mindfulness concepts such as breathing, being present, and addressing emotions non-judgmentally to children from ages 5 to 10.
This accessible book can be shared by a teacher or parent or read by children on their own to discover and practice a valuable tool that helps them respond to challenging emotions and thrive.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
With lots of happy feelings, this book offers a way to help children be aware of their own feelings and those of others by remaining mindful. After a foreword from the author which explains mindfulness and the purpose of the book, it dives into the heart. Every page uplifts with its words, concentrating on the happiness and not being afraid of listening to the feelings inside. at the end, there's a glossary as well as several exercises adults may use to help further mindfulness in children. The text is short, sweet and always encouraging. It closely snuggles with the idea of sparkles, giving inside feelings a cheerful glow. It's easy for even younger listeners to understand and offers lovely imagery. The illustrations are beautiful and dance through various cultures and races, allowing not only the people but, through small details, a bit of the foreign settings, to shine through. The illustrations alone are a treat and echo diversity. Keeping the intent of this book in mind, it is nicely done. It offers a tool to help children become more mindful of themselves and remains in a very positive light. I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed it enough to want to leave my honest thoughts.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Golden Sparkles: An Introduction to Mindfulness is an educational picture book for children written by Catarina R. Peterson and illustrated by Mateya Arkova. In her preface to this book, Peterson discusses what is known as mindfulness and how being mindful helps us learn “to pay attention to our inner lives.” While many adults currently practice and benefit from mindfulness, children are often not initiated into the practice and lose the benefits of being mindful. In her story, Peterson discusses how being mindful is like a spark, a golden sparkle that makes everything seem bright and good. She shows how it doesn’t matter where one is or how one is feeling; mindfulness can dispel sadness, boredom and bad tempers. Arkova’s illustrations show how children can practice mindfulness or cultivate their own spark. The authors include a glossary of terms as well as a number of mindfulness exercises that caregivers can share with children. Catarina R. Peterson’s educational picture book for children, Golden Sparkles: An Introduction to Mindfulness, is a lush and lovely book that illustrates how one can change one’s state of mind by practicing mindfulness. I loved how the book showed kids from all walks of life and locations, letting kids know that they too can learn mindfulness and feel as good as the kids shown in the pictures. The Golden Spark is a wonderful device that offers kids a concrete way to understand what is an abstract notion -- seeing those smiling kids carrying their own golden spark is guaranteed to put a smile on every young reader’s face. Mateya Arkova’s illustrates are incredible. They’re filled with light, color and...mindfulness. There’s a sense of flow and peacefulness that exudes from each illustration and continues on into the next. I particularly appreciated how the Golden Sparks seem to tie in with the stars, the nighttime sky and nature. Peterson’s suggestions for mindfulness exercises seem perfect for getting kids to relax after story time as well. Golden Sparkles: An Introduction to Mindfulness is most highly recommended.