Friday, May 6, 2011
Take the Time
Take the Time: Mindfulness for Kids by Maud Roegiers. This is a simple, beautiful and artfully written book. The illustrations are unusual, a sort of modern version of vintage children illustrations. Grid paper is the back drop for most of the line drawings with soft watercolor washes that seem to be cut and pasted onto the white pages. Single lines of text flow from one page to the next sharing that it's good to take the time to be with your friends, to do the things you enjoy, to listen to silence, to slow down, and other wonderful moments that pass by all too fast. There are also lessons in manners and emotional well being for example to take the time to think before you speak and to take the time to heal when your feelings are hurt. The text is calming and reassuring and the mostly blue and yellow tones of the illustration reinforce that. This is a great read to share with a child to encourage them to enjoy the simple moments and things that make up life. To not be hurried or distracted or caught up by the hustle and bustle of the world buzzing by.