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"How should I say it when someone is mean to me? What should I do when my friend doesn’t want to play with me? How do I know it is going to be okay?"
This is a very deep and thought-provoking bok for kids. It instructs how to connect with emotions by learning breathing techniques. The author Claire Hallinan really knows this subject well and is a master at showing kids how to gain control over emotions if they are angry, sad, jealous or throwing temper tantrums.
The illustrations are beautiful and depict fully the emotions as described in the book. "My Breath Loves Me" will get your kids to calm down, take a deep breath, while reducing their anxiety and worried states.
"This is a book every household should have, and a book every kid should read for ten minutes a day. Children in the world and their caretakers will appreciate knowing that they possess a lifetime tool given to them when they were born and that they are able to learn when and how to use it."
This beautifully illustrated picture book is appropriate for preschool through elementary level children. The colorful pictures depict diversity in gender and ethnicity that reflects many public school classrooms today. Hallinan walks children through typical situations that children encounter and the emotions brought up in these situations---anger, sadness, insecurity, jealousy, and compassion. In each situation, the children are given ways to talk to themselves and breathe while articulating and changing these emotions. These gentle instructions in the use of breath help children release tension in their bodies and respond more appropriately in their peer interactions. I taught elementary children for 33 years. I would have loved a tool like this one to help me to guide them.
This is a wonderful book that would benefit children long before being in school. It would be perfect to begin teaching children about their emotions and how to handle them in a constructive way. There is not enough guidance for children in society or home settings anymore on appropriate ways to handle emotions. I think I might expand a little on the part when another child gets praise and how to handle that, by addressing that it makes me feel happy inside when I make someone else happy by giving them praise too. Thank you to the author for an insightful teaching book for young children. I will be reading this to many children beginning with my own grandchildren!
Anyone who works with children (or adults for that matter) knows they can run through the hammer of emotions during the day. They cannot always identify their feelings, and may act out as a result. The descriptions and ideas in this book can help children get to know their feelings and learn what to do instead of reacting. The breathing techniques are easy to do and, with practice, can be done by the children independently.
This book is well-written with realistic examples of events in a child’s day that can be upsetting. The pictures are beautiful, too. I think this book will be very helpful to many families.
Wow! I love this book. When I first read ’My Breath Loves Me’, my heart flung wide open and my eyes welled up with tears as its pure beauty and truth. what an important message for life, for children and adults. I found this book in perfect timing... I was looking for some inspirational books to help my daughter overcome some emotional challenges at school. This book was a great help. The illustrations are so beautiful too! Highly recommended❤️
How the Universe places the right things on your path right the precise moment you need them.
And so, my intuition told me to enjoy "My Breath Loves Me" during a challenging time in my life recently, to help me open my heart to acceptance and to receiving my next steps.
Through the pages of this great children's book, Claire has done such an amazing job in helping children learn to express their emotions and feelings in a healthy and loving way, through mindfulness and deep breathing, while helping us adults do the very same, thus strengthening the connection to our own inner child in the process.
Certain children's books have the power to heal, and "My Breath Loves Me" is one of those very special reads.
On behalf of the children of the world and the inner child inside us all: Thank you Claire, for writing this beautiful story and for helping to walk us home.
Children will love the bright and engaging illustrations. As a parent, I appreciate the way this book helps my children identify their feelings and manage negative emotions in a positive way.
I also like the way actions are incorporated throughout this book. This makes practicing breathing fun and easy. My Breath Loves Me is an excellent book for parents who want to help their children identify and regulate their emotions. Highly recommended!
Being a dad of three girls, I saw them fighting everyday. This is a great book to read to them to let them calm down instead of fighting for something. Hopefully the breathing exercise can get them easier to start yoga when they grow older :)
Being mindful of and controlling our breathing is the one thing all of us can do to calm ourselves and regulate our emotions. And to teach that skill to young children in this beautifully illustrated book is wonderful! This will make a great gift to parents and kids to help them learn to manage their emotions. It's a nice reminder for the parents too.
I look forward to sharing this book with my friends who have little kids.