Mindful Owl Adventures-
Friendships Through Mindfulness
A Reader Participation Book - The second edition of story of siblings, Alexa and Chester, and their wondrous bedtime-adventure with Mindful Owl.
One moonlit night Mindful Owl magically appears to teach the children about mindfulness. They learn to slowly breathe in and out, to be present and aware, to have calm and loving thoughts, and to visualize. Suddenly they are flying through the beautiful blue sky and Owl takes the children on a fun adventure to meet other animal friends. During the journey Alexa and Chester learn interesting information about the animals and also learn important lessons about friendship. They learn the value of sharing and being kind and compassionate.
Throughout the story the reader participates by discovering each new animal by guessing who will be next and they even help in saving some of the animals. They learn self-calming techniques and positive affirmations and help in solving the story through mindfulness tools they have learned so everyone can get along.
San Francisco Book Review
We rated this book: 5 Stars
"This innovative, magnificent story is sure to be a parent's favorite and a child's treasure!... [Ranger] does an extraordinary job of weaving together a story that teaches real-life concepts from which all children can gain insight and wisdom and a tale that allows the reader to escape into the imaginary world... She further engages the reader by inviting him or her to actively participate in the story by reciting rhymes, pondering who might be next in the story, and participating in breathing exercises to incite calm. The pages are beautifully illustrated, and the text is well organized and perfect for children with second- and third-grade reading levels. The audience for this precious tale, though, is more wide ranging. It's highly appropriate for children as young as three through children in their early elementary school years."
About the Author
Annie Ranger enjoys teaching children and their families about mindfulness and kindness through her award-winning writing, workshops and school enrichment programs. A mindfulness coach and substitute teacher, Annie has a degree from UCLA and also studied mindfulness at the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators whose work has been seen at Book Expo America, in Teen Magazine, and more. She believes in the power of literacy and story time to bring more love, kindness, compassion, and a little less stress to the families of today. Annie lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two grown children and their dog.
About the Illustrator
Born in Sevastopol, Ukraine, Anna Abramskaya graduated from Kharkov State Academy of Design and Arts. Since she was little Anna always loved art, drawing everywhere if she had pencil and paper. “The process of creation always brings me joy and I wish to share this joy with everyone. It is a joy to see the beauty in simple things around us. I want to believe that art can help us to bring more love into our hearts.” Anna now lives in Bellevue, Washington with her husband and two young daughters.
Four Oaks Mission
The mission of Four Oaks Press is to bring more awareness to Mindfulness and Wellbeing for Children. Our books tell timeless stories with a modern twist. In some cultures the Oak is a strong reminder that mankind has the ability to overcome all odds with an endless capacity for kindness. At Four Oaks Press our goal is to help spread more kindness and love and less stress, while inspiring children, parents, and caregivers to become engaged in reading and especially in story-time – that special time to bond, learn, escape, relax and dream with your children. We hope to encourage a love of reading while helping the world to be a bit more loving and kinder.
The Oak Tree
As the Oak is known for its strength and endurance and its branches reach to the clouds while its roots are planted deep into the ground, we hope our stories emulate the same. In some cultures the oak is a firm reminder that mankind has the ability to overcome all odds and has an endless capacity for kindness.