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"A Handful of Quiet is a lovingly illustrated book that brings this meditation to life. All you’ll need to practice it is a quiet spot and four ordinary pebbles." —Shambhala Sun

"For those times when you feel the need to give your children something more than your non-distracted attention, give them A Handful of Quiet. But first, take two handfuls for yourself." - Karen Maezen Miller author of Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood

"In a world that often buzzes and booms at children, this book offers a genuine place of peace. In A Handful of Quiet Thich Nhat Hanh has crafted an oasis for the soul and spirit that will serve your child throughout life."
Kim John Payne M.ED. Author of Simplicity Parenting

"Utilizes the child's imagination and invites them to enter meditation with joy and delight. I highly recommend this little jewel of a book.” Jacqueline Kramer author of Buddha Mom


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“This book is a gem from a true spiritual master.” — Parenting with Spirit

About the Author

Born in Hue, Vietnam, Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist monk, poet, scholar, and human rights activist. In 1967, he was nominated by Martin Luther King Jr., for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is author of more than one hundred books, sixty in English. His previous books for children include, A Pebble for Your Pocket, The Coconut Monk and The Hermit and the Well. He lives at Plum Village, his meditation center in France, and travels worldwide, leading retreats on “the art of mindful living.”
Illustrator Wietske Vriezen was born in Wassenaar, The Netherlands. She met Thich Nhat Hanh during a retreat in Holland in 2000 and was touched deeply by his mindfulness teachings and practices. Since then, she has illustrated a number of books based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh most recently Planting Seeds and Mindful Movements. She lives in Rotterdam, The Netherlands where she works as a psychologist with gifted children.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Spiral-bound: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Plum Blossom Books; Spi edition (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937006212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937006211
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By LittleVoyages on August 16, 2013
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This book helped me learn how to be calm in my space and to practice meditation. I am 8 years old.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Catherine B. Mann on December 17, 2012
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What a thoughtful way to present meditation for kids. There is no religious overtones, just a sweet way of helping children to focus and value their world and themselves.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Alli on October 16, 2012
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I really liked the ideas in this book for myself and teaching my son to meditate. When I bought it, I thought it was a children's book I could read to him, but it is not, it is a set of guidelines and techniques you can teach your children. Still enjoyed it though.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 14, 2013
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This book is an insightful way to introduce children (our grandchildren) to meditation. By using the rocks, the children have some ownership of the process. It is a clever way to engage the mind; in fact, Grandpa and I are doing it, too!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mary Beth Rezek on February 23, 2013
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I am teaching yoga to children with special needs in Milwaukee public schools. Our class is loving this new book which we use with some stones from my favorite crystal store. We practice breath with images of flowers, mountains, lake, and air. We love it.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Serendipme on March 7, 2013
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This is a very brief introduction to meditation for children. I would not recommend purchasing this in Kindle format. It has workbook type illustrations and suggestions using the physical book. It is extremely short. I would have liked more depth for the cost. However, I will implement this meditation into my household and am looking forward to doing some of the activities suggested.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By P. Kelley on October 30, 2012
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I really like this book and think that it would be great for a pre-teen, teen on someone who is new to meditation. It is written in a straight forward way with out a great deal of fanfare or pretentiousness. I like the spiral binding, but wish the meditation cards were not so flimsy. I will be backing them with something a bit more durable. Overall, a pleasant purchase.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By B. Snell on February 19, 2013
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My grand daughter has found this little book very satisfying at the end of a very busy active day at school.
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