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My Thoughts Are Clouds: Poems for Mindfulness



by
Georgia Heard
illustrated by
Isabel Roxas

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Roaring Brook
ISBN
9781250244680
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A poetry collection that both illustrates what mindfulness is and encourages young, growing minds to be present, from educator Georgia Heard.

Poets have long observed the world in a mindful way. They point out beauty we might have missed, draw our attention to our inner thoughts, and call us to see our society in new ways.

But as daily life becomes more and more chaotic, children grow distracted. According to the CDC, 9.4 percent of children have ADHD and 7 percent have anxiety/depression. And these numbers continue to climb. As treatment doctors recommend healthy eating, physical activity, plenty of sleep, and mindfulness techniques.

Georgia Heard is a poet and educator—and she has long had her own meditation practice. In My Thoughts Are Clouds, she uses poetry to demonstrate what mindfullness is and gives kids—and their parents and teachers—an acccessible way to learn mindfulness tools.Note to readers. Two-color illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

56

Trim Size

9" x 6"

Dewey

808.81

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2021

Book Genres

Poetry

Topics

Poetry. Poems. Mindfulness. Emotions and feelings.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 2-6–This short collection of poems aims to teach children how to slow down and be aware of their thoughts and environment. The text uses meditation and affirmation techniques to introduce the concept of mindfulness. Simple language explains actions that readers can follow. However, the format and layout of some poems may be difficult to digest for children who experience reading challenges. The variation of fonts within the same poem and the black-on-blue backgrounds may also present reading difficulties. The illustrations are rendered in shades of blue and white, echoing the title and cover imagery of looking up at the sky, but do little to enhance the feeling or meaning of the poems. This volume could serve as a good read-aloud option for a classroom or library to teach guided mindfulness or meditation exercises. VERDICT For libraries that have an established mindfulness initiative.–Elizabeth Speer, Weatherford Coll., TX

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 2-6–This short collection of poems aims to teach children how to slow down and be aware of their thoughts and environment. The text uses meditation and affirmation techniques to introduce the concept of mindfulness. Simple language explains actions that readers can follow. However, the format and layout of some poems may be difficult to digest for children who experience reading challenges. The variation of fonts within the same poem and the black-on-blue backgrounds may also present reading difficulties. The illustrations are rendered in shades of blue and white, echoing the title and cover imagery of looking up at the sky, but do little to enhance the feeling or meaning of the poems. This volume could serve as a good read-aloud option for a classroom or library to teach guided mindfulness or meditation exercises. VERDICT For libraries that have an established mindfulness initiative.–Elizabeth Speer, Weatherford Coll., TX

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