Bee Still: An Invitation to Meditation

Frank J. Sileo, illus. by Claire Keay. Magination Press, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4338-2870-6
The inside of a beehive “is a busy and noisy place. There is no wing-room; it is a crowded space.” Bentley, who stands out from the other bees with his red kerchief, escapes the chaos to meditate on a leaf. Bonnie Bee and Felicity Fly are curious about what Bentley is up to, and at first they make fun of him: “He looks kind of absurd!” But as a group of woodland animals—a skunk, a chipmunk, birds, and a squirrel—gather around him, he explains why he meditates: “Sometimes I have too many thoughts in my head. Meditation can help me stay focused instead.” Sileo’s uncomplicated couplets and Keay’s friendly art pointedly convey to readers how meditation might help them find peace and quiet amid their own emotions. A note to parents and caregivers offers tips for meditating with kids. Ages 4–8. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 07/23/2018
Release date: 08/01/2018
Genre: Children's
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