Mindful Day (Hardcover)
A bird fluffs his feathers and greets the day with a song. You taste the bright pop of a berry on your tongue, sweet as summer. Raindrops patter down on your hands and face.
When we slow down and pay close attention, we learn what it means to be mindful. And when we experience our day with that kind of special attention, the world becomes a wonderful and magical place.
In Mindful Day, a young girl experiences mindfulness as she goes about the day with her family. Through Hopkinson’s lyrical narrative and Ng-Benitez’s delightful illustrations, you will explore feelings of gratitude and love, learn how breathing can calm our bodies, and discover how remarkable every moment can be when we experience it as fully as possible.
Mindful Day embraces the joy of living in the moment and gives children their first introduction to the life-changing skill of mindfulness.
One small bird
fluffs his feathers
and lifts his voice
to sing up the sun.
This is a new day.
A mindful day.
About the Author
Deborah Hopkinson has a master's degree in Asian Studies from the University of Hawai?i at Manoa, where she studied the role of women in 13th-century Japanese Buddhism. She lived in Honolulu for 20 years and practiced Zen Buddhism with the late Roshi Robert Aitken, founder of the Diamond Sangha and Buddhist Peace Fellowship. She lives near Portland, Oregon, where she writes books for children and teens. For more, see deborahhopkinson.com.
"Rather than instructing mindfulness to readers...[Mindful Day] exemplifies how a day may be experienced when mindfulness is organically embedded within it." —Kirkus Reviews