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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Francis did not want to go to school; he was nervous, and his mom tried telling him how things can turn out better than expected. Francis was still nervous about his first day of school but his mom told him about a secret superpower termed mindfulness which helped her when she was scared. She said it would help to quieten his mind and calm his body when angry, scared, or frustrated. She told Francis how to do it and to paint a beautiful picture in his mind. Francis saw a beautiful picture in his mind when he closed his eyes, and he met new friends and went through many exciting experiences. Francis realized the importance of keeping an open mind and being flexible, and also that there are many ways to do things. Let us read the story to discover the friends and adventures Francis made on his way, and how his first day of school went.
Mindfulness in the Lily Pads: Mindful Adventures by Danielle Chandler is an uplifting and positive story that teaches good life lessons to readers and gives them the confidence to deal with their inner fears. Lady Bruniere makes the concept clear with her wonderful illustrations and makes the story appealing and captivating. Mindfulness is a good way to help readers deal with their struggles in life, and this story will motivate children to practice it so that their emotional skills and self-control are strengthened. It will also help children calm their minds and bodies when they are upset. It is an excellent book to have on a personal bookshelf as the contents are good not only for children but adults as well. The story is useful for storytelling and read-aloud sessions in classrooms and homes to help children become confident, peaceful, and mindful.