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Peaceful Piggy Meditation (Albert Whitman Prairie Books)
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93 of 95 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2005
This is an excellent introductory book on meditation that we recently used with great success to teach children to meditate at a Buddhist summer camp. The theme of the book was just about right for kids aged 4-9. I did not find the material "dumbed down" for this age group as a previous reviewer suggested, but perhaps older children might find it to be so. The piggies are cute and kind of cool (I liked them!).

The book guides children through the reasons why meditation is necessary, and believe me when I say it is the best book on the market for doing so (I looked around extensively). Especially good is the "mind-in-a-jar" experiment at the end of the book which gives a concrete, hands-on demonstration of why meditation is necessary. We placed dirt into a jar, spun it around, and the kids noticed how the sediment settled to the bottom after they meditated. A note, however: a little dirt goes a long way - don't put too much in or the experiment won't be as successful.

Some practical notes: it is best if this book is taught by someone who is experienced in meditation, as is the case with all meditative traditions. Furthermore, most children can't really meditate effectively for more than five or ten minutes due to modern attention spans. Just like adults, some children can meditate in full-lotus, some in half-lotus, and some can't do either. Especially if teaching in a group, care needs to be given to all three groups and children should be allowed to do what is comfortable. Finally, instruction is needed on the importance of giving ourselves some time to "switch modes" from meditation-mode to running-around-and-playing-mode in order to adjust. If children just get up and run around one second after meditating, the sudden switch between sympathetic and parasympathetic systems may cause some discomfort.

Overall, I believe this is a "must-have" book for anyone who wants to teach meditation to children aged 4-9, but as with any meditation book, this is best taught by an experienced meditator.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon March 2, 2006
This book was a useful step in introducing my two year old to pairing meditation with awareness of breath. She and I have been cultivating the ability to sit still and be aware of our breathing for a while. This book helped her to see that she can use breath awareness to calm herself in a stressful situation (hearing the vacuum cleaner, having to do something she doesn't want to do, etc.).

I did not give the book 5 stars because it lacks the substance to interest older readers, yet some of the concepts are a bit advanced for younger readers. By the time my daughter is old enough to be concerned about enemies, standing up to others, and accepting things as they are, she will probably be too old to relate to personified pigs.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2006
While the story is not actually a meditation it is a great introduction for children to understand why....they should meditate. Simple text and adorable illustrations explain and show that "When you're peaceful, you can be truly fearless!" This book can definitely motivate young children to want to try and meditate. I also recommend the "Indigo Dreams Series" to move your children into meditation after being motivated by the peaceful piggies to try it. Great way to introduce a complicated concept.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2007
Don't be put off by the "piggies" (I was, initially). This is actually a really good book on meditation. If you want to teach your young (under 8) child/ren to meditate (or understand the idea behind meditation) this is absolutely perfect. It is also a good book on meditation generally; it keeps it simple. I think even adults can learn something from this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2010
"Peaceful Piggy Meditation" is another great meditation guide for kids by the author of "Moody Cow Meditates". While there is no underlying plot to the book, it is much more of a learning book than a story.

Kerry introduces children to meditation practice in a manner that is understandable and enjoyable. The book is more than likely geared toward children from the ages of 3-8, I thinok older children may think the illustrations are to young for them. Not that it is a bad thing, because I think if this book is introduced at the earlier age, the kids won't need it later as the will have the experience of meditation already.

The great thing is, you and your kids do not have to be a Buddhist to read and implement the meditations in this book. Minus the dedication of the book, there is no mention of Buddha, Buddhism or religion at all.

We are re-introduced to the jar mediation we learned in "Moody Cow.." and are also given instruction on how to implement a new one. It is more of a "mindful of breath" meditation, which most of us are familiar with already, but it is simplified in a way that will make it understandable to those children that fit into the age group I already mentioned.

The book is beautifully illustrated. As I was reading it to do this review my kids were hovering over me, asking me to read it and asking what the piggies were doing. I can't wait to get into this some more with them. For those of you trying, or thinking of trying, to teach your kids something about meditation, Kerry has it down to a tee here and her books are extremely helpful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2008
I bought this book for a small friend with anger issues. His mother tells me he loves the book and uses the meditation techniques readily, so we have found it to be very useful and fun.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2007
My eight year old learned to meditate using this book. And whenever he feels the stress rising within him he now knows to go take a break and find his "peaceful piggie". We also use the phrase "peaceful piggie" as a reminder phrase to relax.

I recommend this book for kids as young as 3 all the way up to pre-teens that like to have things explained using cute characters. It is a great starting meditation book for children, and will give adults a great way to introduce the concept of meditation and calmness in a hurried world to their children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2013
The author was motivated to write this children's book after discovering the value of meditation while raising her five children. I wish "Peaceful PIggy" had been around 30+ years ago when our own children were feeling overwhelmed by anger, frustration, sensory stimulation, or their inability to control the world around them. Meditation might have calmed some of the urges for sibling scuffles, prevented the need for "time outs," or reminded us as well as the kids to calm down, take a deep breath, and center ourselves before hurting someone else. I'm delighted that this charming book now is available to share with our grandchildren.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2010
I am in love with this book! I bought this for my daughter who can have a pretty bad temper. Whether or not a person is interested in Buddhism- this book still has a great message to just take a moment and breathe so you can focus on not reacting to everything. We read it every night!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2007
A joy to read. Introduces the idea of taking a bit of time out of our day to mediatate in a sweet and loving way for kids.
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