Being a Dog: A Tail of Mindfulness

by Maria Gianferrari (Author) Pete Oswald (Illustrator)

Being a Dog: A Tail of Mindfulness
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Simply be like a dog with this irresistible picture book by beloved author Maria Gianferrari and illustrated by #1 New York Times bestselling artist Pete Oswald that introduces readers to mindfulness.

Join a young child and their dog as they experience every minute of the day to its fullest--from the second they wake up to the moment they fall asleep. Readers will love barking, wagging, and sniffing along with the gentle cues in the book.

Interactive backmatter includes prompts for a mindfulness walk that engages all five senses as well as a guided breathing exercise.


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A cute mindfulness primer that will especially appeal to dog lovers.

School Library Journal

Starred Review

PreS-Gr 1--"Can you be like a dog?" With this question, this charming title invites readers to practice a number of mindful behaviors, such as "BE-ing" in the moment, by following a dog's daily activities with its young owner through the changing seasons. As the playful pup greets its friend in the morning, it models engaging with one's body by stretching, eating, and drinking. The duo play on the playground, splash in puddles, roll in the snow, all while demonstrating connecting to the environment and the five senses. However, while "feel what you're feeling" is valid and important advice, children might need a slight amendment to "bark if you're worried," "growl if you're angry," or "yowl if you're sad," lest they take these directives even a bit too literally. Oswald's funny and appealing mixed media illustrations perfectly capture cute canine antics. Appended at the end under the heading "Take a Mindful Nature Walk with a Friend'' is a quasi-chart of specific suggestions for each of the senses through spring, summer, fall, and winter. The very last page features a guide to "Mindful Breathing Exercise" that acknowledges having negative emotions and suggests using deep breathing as a coping method. VERDICT Mindfulness is not an easy concept to practice or teach at any age, but this book is a wonderfully accessible introduction to a challenging skill.--Yelena Voysey

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Maria Gianferrari

Maria Gianferrari's favorite pastime is searching for perching red-tailed hawks while driving down the highway. When she's not driving, she's watching Cornell Hawk mates, Big Red and Ezra, raise their chicks each year via birdcam. She's the author of Coyote Moon and Hello Goodbye Dog, also published by Roaring Brook Press. Maria lives in Virginia with her scientist husband, artist daughter, and rescue dog, Becca.

Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of numerous award-winning books for young readers, including Locomotive, winner of the Caldecott Medal and a New York Times bestseller, Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, and Lightship, each a Robert F. Sibert Honor book. He is illustrator of many more books, including Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan's Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, also a Sibert Honor book, Avi's Poppy Stories series, and Princess Cora and the Crocodile, by Laura Amy Schlitz. Brian was born and raised in Temple, Texas, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780063067912
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
HarperCollins
Publication date
April 20, 2022
Series
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