Puppy Mind

Puppy Mind

by Andrew Jordan Nance, Jim Durk

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In this picture book for children and adults, illustrated by Jim Durk, who is adored by thousands of children for his many Clifford the Big Red Dog and Thomas the Steam Engine books, a young boy discovers his mind is like a puppy, always wandering away, into the past or the future. He sets about learning to train his puppy mind to heel to the present moment. Through remembering to breathe, the boy becomes a stronger and more caring master of his puppy mind, keeping it in the present, if only for a moment. Includes a link to a discussion guide for parents and teachers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941529454
Publisher: Parallax Press
Publication date: 09/13/2016
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 1,197,288
File size: 10 MB
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Andrew Jordan Nance has been an educator for over 25 years. He is the founder of Mindful Arts San Francisco, whose mission is to provide volunteer mindful educators to teach at underserved San Francisco Schools. Nance is also an award– winning actor and director. For almost thirty years he taught performing arts to students from diverse backgrounds, and for 18 years he was the Conservatory Director at San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theatre Center. He is on the Board of Directors of several educational– based non– profit organizations including the Mindful Life Project in Richmond California, San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theater Center, and Arts Ed Matters, a California– based arts– integration organization. Andrew Jordan Nance lives in San Francisco.

Illustrator Jim Durk has over thirty years of experience working on children’s books. He’s drawn iconic characters including Clifford the Big Red Dog, Thomas the Tank Engine, The Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys, and many more. He received a BFA from Ohio University in 1983 and currently lives in Bay Village, Ohio.

Read an Excerpt

My mind is like a puppy,
it likes to wander and explore.
If I don’t watch it carefully
it goes through any open door.
When my puppy mind is bored it runs
to the future and the past.
If I am not really careful,
it will take me far away super fast.
My puppy mind likes to dig up memories,
like when I got yelled at for not sharing my things.
My mind scampers to the future
and I don’t always like the pictures that it brings.
In class I try to listen to the teacher,
but my puppy mind starts to stir,
I quickly loose my focus,
and the day becomes a blur.  
I get mad at my puppy mind, 
“Why don’t you just sit and stay!”
but when I yell it gets scared
and hides or runs away.
My puppy mind only heels
if I take three slow deep breaths. 
If I do it often enough,
I do feel calmer in my chest.
Practicing being patient,
is the best way to still my puppy mind.
I am learning to be my mind’s best friend
It responds best when I am kind.
So whenever I feel my puppy mind
tugging at my sleeve, 
I try to remember
to breathe and breathe and breathe.
If I practice every day,
and remember to be kind, 
I will have more fun being
with my best friend, my puppy mind.

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