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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086171573X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861715732
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 10.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It's a great way to introduce children to the practice of meditation, while also helping them become aware of their feelings." (Tynette Deveaux, "Good Reads for Little Buddhas," Shambhala Sun)

"Salty, satisfying, and clever book." (Spirituality & Practice)

"An amazing, yet simplistically beautiful story that teaches children (and caregivers) how to meditate." (Circles of Light)

"This book is a true gem to those of us with children and that struggle with trying to teach them meditation." (Precious Metal)

About the Author

Kerry Lee MacLean is the author and illustrator of several award-winning and best-selling picture books, including Moody Cow Meditates and Peaceful Piggy Meditation. Her latest book is Moody Cow Learns Compassion, and her next will be an activity book for parents and children of all ages, The Family Meditation Workbook. Kerry has been leading family meditative arts workshops in North America, Australia and Europe for 15 years. She is the mother of five young adults who still employ meditation as an important tool in their busy lives.

More About the Author

Kerry Lee MacLean is author and illustrator of three best-selling and award-winning series of picture books: The Peaceful Piggy Meditation series, the Moody Cow Meditates series and the Pigs Over Colorado series. She has been leading family meditative arts workshops of all kinds at Shambhala Meditation centers in Europe, Australia and North America for 15 years. Kerry just collaborated with 4,000 Boulder elementary school children on the writing and sketches for Pigs Over Boulder 2, to be released November, 2012, and Moody Cow Learns Compassion was just released, too! Her next book will be for parents and kids together: The Family Meditation Workbook.

Customer Reviews

The story teaches them that it is okay to feel but how to calm down as well.
Skyler
This is a brilliant way to introduce the practice and benefits of meditation to young children and to teach self control and anger management!
Kari L. Gabel
I liked the author's prior book on meditation for kids, Peaceful Piggy Meditation, but I think I like this one even better.
L. Erickson

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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful By L. Erickson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I liked the author's prior book on meditation for kids, Peaceful Piggy Meditation, but I think I like this one even better. It is funnier, and teaches a meditation that many preschool and elementary age children will love. The story centers around a young cow/boy who has had a VERY bad day (thus earning him the nickname 'moody cow'). He has a bad dream, his sister bugs him, he misses the school bus, he gets in a bicycle accident - like I said, a VERY bad day. And he gets VERY angry. To help calm him down, his grandfather helps him make a 'mind-jar', where sparkles swirling in agitated water represent his angry thoughts. Then he 'meditates' on the mind-jar by watching it until all the sparkles settle peacefully at the bottom. At that point, of course, he is feeling much better himself too.
Not only is this a great way to introduce meditation (instructions for the mind-jar are included in the back), but it also provides a way to talk about difficult emotions, and the situations in kid's lives that make them feel that way, in an open and non-punitive fashion. And it's appropriate for parents, teachers, and kids of any religious (or non-religious) background - meditation is not presented within a religious framework. Highly recommend!

EDIT 7/9/10 - I came back to edit this review after reading some of the other reviews. It is true that there is a lot more anger represented in this book than others, and that moody cow's expression of that anger - and his sister's - are pretty aggressive. And the mother's initial reaction to the behavior is punitive. But personally, I feel it has a fairy tale feel to it, because the characters are animals, and so these actions trigger discussion, but aren't presented as models for behavior.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. Griffith on January 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have a very bright, emotionally intense six year old who's best friend loaned us this book a few days ago. We love it! I went out today to buy the fixings to make our own "mind jars"- my son is absolutely fascinated by the idea (he calls it a mad jar). At a playdate this afternoon he related the entire story almost verbatim to another friend, who now also wants to go out and get this book so he can make his own mad jar. Just think, we could end up with a whole population of six-year olds who know how to meditate! Fabulous!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Steitzer on February 15, 2010
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I got this book for my Moody Cow daughter, 7 years old, but found that my 5 and 4 year old really benefitted from the simple act of letting their angry thoughts settle using the technique described in this book. It really works well because it is multi-sensory... VISUAL - kids watch as sparkles sink to the bottom of the jar. AUDITORY - they listen to gong to begin the meditation, and again at the end. EMOTIONAL - The grandfather listens to his grandson's misfortunate day, and EMPATHIZES as he goes along.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Recently my 9 1/2 son has really been struggling with his emotions and how to deal with them appropriately. My local book store recommended this and I quickly became enchanted with it. As I read, I was easily seeing my son in those scenarios which whichin turn made me hope that he would relate with Moody Cow and I was right; he had no trouble doing so. Moody Cow was overly dramatic and prone to exaggeration as well as not accepting responsibility for his actions, just like my own little moody cow. I especially loved how he was dealt with effectively but not harshly. While he learned that while his actions weren't appropriate, his feelings weren't bad or wrong. His family took the time to teach him how to deal effectively and appropriately with those feelings by teaching him the mind jar technique.

I really enjoyed reading it to my children and then participating in the discussion this sparked. All of my children liked making a mind jar and the child this was bought for seems to be responding to this technique very well.

In response to the reviwes that mention he got away with breaking the window, he didn't. His consequence of that action was to clean the toilet for a month, something he quite detests. Discipline doesn't have to be harsh or punitive to be effective. Also, those that mention the violence and how his medical needs were ignored (as in why was he meditating with grandpa instead of going to a doctor) I point out that he's a dramatic child prone to exaggeration and seemed quite normal. While I'm sure he was hurt, I got more a feeling that he exaggerated the extent of his injuries. To whit, he did not actually have a broken nose or huge wounds. His medical needs weren't ignored; you can see bandaids in the illustrations.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah_S on August 29, 2012
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I use this book in my practice as a child therapist. The book hold the kids' interest for the first third, but it starts to get long and a bit repetitive. I tend to paraphrase with younger children to keep them engaged. The best part of this book is that it included instructions to create a "mind jar" - a meditation tool. I would recommend it for kids between 6 and 9 or 10.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nate DeMontigny on November 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"Moody Cow Meditates" is a fantastic book that introduces parents, and children, to an ingenious activity that children can get involved with, and seemingly, have the attention span to accomplish.

Peter, now known as Moody Cow, is having an extremely horrible day. His sister ruins on of his things, he trips down some stairs and falls off of his bike. The day couldn't get any worse, but it does for Moody Cow.

After these unfortunate events, his mom calls in the cavalry, his "Zen-like" grandpa. Moody Cow enters a room where his grandpa is sitting in meditation, so Moody sits on a cushion as well. His grandpa grabs a jar full of water and compares the jar to Moody's mind. He also introduces a bowl full of sparkles, and compares them to Moody's angry thoughts.

Moody is taught to grab a pinch of the sparkles and drop them into the jar, as he is doing so he is taught to visualize each pinch as one moment that affected his day. After putting several pinches of sparkles into the jar, it is capped and shaken. His grandpa goes onto explain that this is how his mind is, cluttered by all of the angry thoughts. Moody is taught to sit and watch the jar, to just breathe and watch the bad feelings settle in the jar.

This book is a true gem to those of us with children and that struggle with trying to teach them meditation. I've tried a few times with my son, but his attention span is like that umm, of a kid. He desperately wants to do it, but fidgets.

The last page of the book explains how to set up the meditaion that Moody and his grandpa did. I can't wait to try this as I think it will help my son understand what meditation really is. I cannot recommend this book enough to other parents who are trying to help their children understand and implement meditation.
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