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"Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda is designed to teach young readers the value of mindfulness. Although mindfulness is a practice especially advocated by Buddhism, Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda is intended for children of any religious faith or background, as it describes the idea in simple and secular terms. The bright, friendly illustrations bring this invaluable parable to vivid life. Highly recommended." (Midwest Book Review)

"This beautiful story shows us all how to dwell peacefully and happily in the present moment." (Thich Nhat Hanh, author of Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children)

"A great read!" (Mamma's Bacon Blog)

About the Author

As an educator for over twenty-five years, Lauren Alderfer has taught all levels-from graduate studies at SIT Graduate Institute in the USA, down to the first grade in US-based overseas schools. After living in India for over a decade, Lauren now divides her time between India and the Americas. Her ability to blend a Western perspective with the deep spirituality of the East invites educators to cultivate their inner lives in the daily act of teaching while developing mindfulness and compassion.

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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications (July 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861716833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861716838
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Don't tell anyone, but I actually bought this for my wife :). She's the type of person that always feels she should be doing something else instead of what she is doing right now.

Under the guise of it being a "bedtime story" for our children, she has now read it several times. The kids are also quoting it, so she's getting reinforcement that way too.

Very smart, very practical book that every one should read over and over again. Highly recommended.
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I bought this book for my son. I figured he likes pandas... and monkeys... and Mommy likes mindfulness. Ok Ok. I bought this book for me too. It is beautifully illustrated and written with style. I have also read it to therapy clients (I am a therapist). I hope this book spreads like wildfire. It's simply perfect.
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...those of us who are older and read stories to children, and those being read to will enjoy this book. It is a fine lesson and reminder of the very basics of mindfulness. The text is very simple, my 2 year old enjoys it, as does my 5 year old. It is non-denominational.
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This book is pretty cute, and I feel like it has helped the concept of mindfulness sink in a little more with my 4-year-old. That is, he UNDERSTANDS it. Practicing it is a different story.

Update: My now 5-year-old actually PRACTICES mindfulness. It's amazing. I can't say that he learned it from me, since I struggle with the concept myself, so I attribute it to this book. :)
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Love this book, and I'm 40 years old! A great reminder to live in the moment no matter what age you are, and the drawings are adorable too. I highly recommend to anyone who wants to live a more mindful and peaceful existence!
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By Bev on January 15, 2015
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I am a psychotherapist and mindfulness is an important part of my practice. Even though this is a children's book, my adult pt's love it. I read it to the group. The book is beautifully illustrated and I love the colors. In my opinion it is a good book for all ages.
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This is a good, simple book to teach children in our very busy world how to focus on the one thing they are doing at that time. In no way is it preventing multitasking. Our children today are already so much advanced than previous generations. They are going to need to be taught to focus and slow down.
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Good book to read when your teaching a child to focus. My son doesn't do well with focus so we read this once a week. He has become a little more mindful and I truly believe this book explains that well for a 7 year old boy.
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