Meditation Station

Bala Kids. Nov. 2020. 32p. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781611807912.
PreS-Gr 1–This title challenges children to observe their thoughts as they would a passing freight train. Thoughts, similar to a train, can be noisy and fast. Whether the train cars are filled with favorite things, memories, wishes, or regrets, youngsters are advised to stop and let them pass by while returning their focus to their breath. The text is written in rhyming couplets, which are at times unwieldy, but provides a good introduction to meditation and the practice of mindfulness. The illustrations feature a cuddly teddy bear wearing striped overalls and a scarf reminiscent of a train conductor. The bear guides readers through the train station, which bustles with other animal characters. The lines of the track and the steam from the train create a sense of dynamic movement. The soft colors and shapes convey feelings of peace and calmness.
VERDICT A good overview of meditation and mindfulness for young readers.

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