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
WHOOO's Maria Gianferrari? She's a self-proclaimed bird nerd with a special fondness for raptors. Her love affair with birds began in 7th grade science class when her teacher, Mr. Lefebvre, initiated a bird count. While walking her dog, Becca, Maria's always on the look-out for birds, and she loves searching winter tree tops for nests. Maria lives in northern Virginia with her German-scientist husband, German speaking daughter and rescue mutt, Becca. This is her first book with G.P. Putnam's Sons. She's also the author of another bird book, Hawk Rising. To learn more about Maria, please visit her website: mariagianferrari.com.

Jonathan D. Voss writes and illustrates stories for children. Growing up, he was never far from a pencil or paint brush, and began working as a portrait artist right out of high school. Jonathan is the author and illustrator of the Hoot & Olive stories Brave Enough For Two and Imagine That. He is also the illustrator of Sally Walker's Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh. Jonathan lives in North Carolina with his wife and two kids. Visit his website at jonathandvoss.com.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780063067912
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publication date
April 20, 2022
Series
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