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Moody Cow Meditates Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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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. My own kid's did gasp the first time we read this book, when he broke the window, in the way they might gasp at a dragon battle or whatnot in another kind of story. I think the value is in triggering discussion, and letting kids feel like we all make mistakes, as opposed to trying to 'regulate' what they are exposed to. Of course what age to do that at is a personal parental decision.
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.