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Willow Bear’s Teatime Treat by Hina Thaker
Illustrated by Tristam Rossin
Age range: 3+
Mindfulness is very much a positive movement that’s starting to come through into children’s education. The Huffington Post wrote recently about how schools are starting to trial mindfulness in the classroom, which I can only think is a good thing. Especially with the worrying rise of mental health issues in the young adults. My daughter’s pre-school has started doing yoga classes once a week and my daughter absolutely loves it and comes home and shows me her moves.
Which meant I was really interested to review the new children’s book by Hina Thaker called Willow Bear’s Teatime Treat which is aimed at introducing mindfulness to young children. Hina is a former headteacher and also a trained children’s yoga teacher, so has lots of expertise in this area.
The book is a very gentle introduction into mindfulness and written at a very accessible level for young children. It introduces the concepts of mindfulness in a subtle way via a story. With appreciating the world around you, learning how to stretch and to breathe and very simple yoga poses. Willow Bear relaxes after an exciting day out and learns how to relax with the help of her cat Boris.
At the back of the book, there is a greater explanation of mindfulness and the different yoga poses featured in the book that would be great for a child to try. So the children and I decided to give them a whirl and they had great fun doing them.
This book is a great introduction to mindfulness for young children and we really enjoyed it. I think mindfulness is such a powerful tool and I would love to see it taught in all schools, so this book is great for parents who would like to start teaching the concept to their chid. I would actually like to see follow ups to the book for slightly older children, taking the yoga moves on further and I hope Hina goes on to write one.
*Disclosure: We were kindly sent a copy of this book for the purpose of this review, however, all opinions are my own.