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Each Breath a Smile Paperback – February 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Plum Blossom Books (February 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888375221
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888375220
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sister Thuc Nghiem (Susan Swan), a grandmother and former teacher, is a nun in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. She lives and works at Green Mountain Dharma Center in Vermont; this is her first book.

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, poet, scholar, and human rights activist. He has been a professor at Columbia and the Sorbonne; founder of Saigon's Van Hanh Buddhist University; nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr. for 1967 Nobel Peace Prize; author of 100+ books, 40 in English, including Present, Moment Wonderful Moment and Being Peace. He lives at Plum Village in France.

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How nice to find it earlier than later.
emberAZ
A thoughtful, reverently spiritual book, highly recommended picturebook for young readers.
Midwest Book Review
Every time I read this story...the kids seem to calm down.
Karen Annel

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
Each Breath A Smile by Sister Thuc Nghiem (Susan Swan) is a delightful picturebook based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Zen master who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This gentle and charming book, illustrated in cheerful pastel colors, shows children how to relax and enjoy happiness through mindful breathing. "Breathing in, I see myself as a mountain. Breathing out, I feel solid. Mountain, sold. / Breathing in, I see myself as space. Breathing out, I feel free. Space, free." A thoughtful, reverently spiritual book, highly recommended picturebook for young readers.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By ArtCat on July 8, 2005
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This beautifully simple book is deeply spiritual without being "religious." I have read it aloud in Grades K-3 including Special Education classes, and it always has a calming, reassuring effect on the children (and on me too!). It can be an introduction to quiet imagination/visualization activities or a concluding activity to help relax and focus a group. The book itself can be a kind of meditation exercise, since part of the text suggests breathing and calming the body in gentle, repetitive language. This is an excellent book to have on hand; it may be used regularly with the same group or in one particular lesson. Unique and highly recommended.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Karen Annel on April 15, 2006
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Beautiful book for children to read. There is a real peaceful feeling throughout this book. Love the illustrations. Great introduction to the idea of mindful breathing for children.Every time I read this story...the kids seem to calm down. I also use A Boy and A Bear and Indigo Dreams to take the breathing concept a step further and actually teach the children the mechanics of breathing, I recommend Each Breath a Smile and I recommend teaching kids to breathe correctly. Also try Baby Buddhas for more ideas on how to teach
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39 of 50 people found the following review helpful By None on May 7, 2007
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This book has beautiful pictures, and is good at teaching deep breathing. What I did not like, was that it sent the message that being mindful makes everything better. This is not the case, especially when the book is used in therapeutic situations. It also specifices how "beautiful" mother is, and how "wonderful" father is. This book is not appropriate for all family constilations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Tucker on May 12, 2007
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Love this book.

I bought this book for my 3 year old and the whole family loves it. It is a basic "story" that introduces skills for young ones to manage stressful situations and introduces them to the basic concept of meditation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Willow S. on September 6, 2009
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I was looking for a book to help me introduce concepts of mindfulness and meditation to my 22 month old toddler. This book does so in a simple, lovely way that is perfect for very little ones.

I wasn't sure whether my son would respond to the book, but I was pleasantly surprised (he's a big fan of Elmo, Grover and Ernie). The illustrations are both calming and engaging (lots of little kids for my son to ogle). I read the book slowly so we sometimes don't make it to the end before he jumps up to find another book, but most of the time, he asks me to read it again. I highly recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Erickson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 4, 2008
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This book introduces children to mindful breathing and awareness, but steers clear of any explicit religious teachings. The text uses simple, repetitive phrases to create a sense of calm, and the pictures are in soothing but cheerful pastel colors. As other reviewers have noted,reading it was a meditation in itself, and both my daughter and I were noticeably more relaxed at the end. I think it can serve as a springboard for introducing children to spiritual contemplation of any type.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By emberAZ on September 6, 2008
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I have a little grandson who is 21mos old. I'm going to visit him in a few weeks and I'm taking this book. I think it will help the little guy learn to meditate.

I originally bought it for an older child and when I saw it I knew it wouldn't work for him.

If small children can learn to meditate they will have a powerful tool to have a clearer mind and a way to focus. This is very helpful in all areas of one's life. How nice to find it earlier than later.
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