"This lively and edifying children's book...makes a good case for mindfulness as a spiritual practice that brings alive our senses of tasting, seeing, feeling, smelling, and listening...Highly recommended "--Spirituality & Practice Have you ever sat in a movie theater with a bag of popcorn on your lap, and when you looked down, somehow the popcorn had disappeared? Or have you set a book down somewhere, and then had no idea where you put it? It happens to all of us. We're paying attention--we're just not thinking about what it is we're paying attention to Now, meet Marvin. He's is a gorilla living in a great big city. He doesn't approach life with a thump, thump, ROAR. Instead, Marvin mindfully experiences the world around him through all of his senses. He's calm. He's peaceful. He's mindful. And he's about to teach his grandpa to be a king of calm, too Includes a Reader's Note loaded with information about mindfulness and living mindfully. Also included are simple ways to increase awareness to become calmer, more focused, and more peaceful by engaging your senses just like Marvin and seeing, feeling, smelling, and listening to the great big world around you.
About the Author
Susan D. Sweet, PhD, is a clinical child psychologist and mother of two. She has worked in hospital, school, and community-based settings and is passionate about children's mental health and well-being. Susan hopes worries never overshadow anyone's dreams. Dr. Sweet is the co-author of several books for children, including Jacqueline and the Beanstalk: A Tale of Facing Giant Fears, Princess Penelopea Hates Peas: A Tale of Picky Eating and Avoiding Catastropeas, King Calm: Mindful Gorilla in the City, Cinderstella: A Tale of Planets Not Princes, and Chicken or Egg: Who Comes First? Follow her on Facebook: @susansweet.authorpage and on Twitter: @susansweet2 Brenda S. Miles, PhD, is a pediatric neuropsychologist who has worked in hospital, rehabilitation, and school settings. She is an author and co-author of several books for children, including The Moment You Were Born: A Story for You and Your Premature Baby, Stickley Sticks to It!: A Frog's Guide to Getting Things Done, Chicken or Egg: Who Comes First? and Princess Penelopea Hates Peas: A Tale of Picky Eating and Avoiding Catastropeas. Brenda encourages children of all ages to dream big, find joy, and embrace adventure. Bryan Langdo is the author and/or illustrator of more than 30 books for children. His picture book Tornado Slim & the Magic Cowboy Hat (Two Lions, 2012) won a 2013 Spur Award for Storytelling from Western Writers of America. Bryan lives in Hopewell, New Jersey, with his wife and two children. Visit www.bryanlangdo.com and follow on Instagram: @bryanlangdo