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Puppy Mind Hardcover – Illustrated, September 13, 2016
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Illustrator Jim Durk has over thirty years of experience working on children’s books. He’s drawn iconic characters including Clifford the Big Red Dog, Thomas the Tank Engine, The Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys, and many more. He received a BFA from Ohio University in 1983 and currently lives in Bay Village, Ohio.
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My mind is like a puppy,
it likes to wander and explore.
If I don’t watch it carefully
it goes through any open door.
When my puppy mind is bored it runs
to the future and the past.
If I am not really careful,
it will take me far away super fast.
My puppy mind likes to dig up memories,
like when I got yelled at for not sharing my things.
My mind scampers to the future
and I don’t always like the pictures that it brings.
In class I try to listen to the teacher,
but my puppy mind starts to stir,
I quickly loose my focus,
and the day becomes a blur.
I get mad at my puppy mind,
“Why don’t you just sit and stay!”
but when I yell it gets scared
and hides or runs away.
My puppy mind only heels
if I take three slow deep breaths.
If I do it often enough,
I do feel calmer in my chest.
Practicing being patient,
is the best way to still my puppy mind.
I am learning to be my mind’s best friend
It responds best when I am kind.
So whenever I feel my puppy mind
tugging at my sleeve,
I try to remember
to breathe and breathe and breathe.
If I practice every day,
and remember to be kind,
I will have more fun being
with my best friend, my puppy mind.
- Publisher : Plum Blossom; Illustrated edition (September 13, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1941529445
- ISBN-13 : 978-1941529447
- Reading age : 3 - 7 years
- Lexile measure : AD550L
- Grade level : Preschool - 2
- Item Weight : 11.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.88 x 0.31 x 9.81 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #201,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book was an excellent explanation of how your mind might run around, thinking things you don’t necessarily want it to. It also references your mind as the puppy dog, a lovable animal that doesn’t fully have to be your identity — just like the thoughts in your mind don’t have to completely define you.