By: Kira Willey
I absolutely love this book! It first caught my eye because of the beautiful illustrations by Anni Betts and the intriguing title. BREATHE LIKE A BEAR is a book filled with activities that teachers and caregivers can use to help little ones learn to be mindful. The book is divided into five sections: “Be Calm,” “Focus,” “Imagine,” “Make Some Energy,” and “Relax”). Each spread is illustrated with cute animals such as bears, foxes, and rabbits. Children are encouraged to use their imaginations. For example: “Pretend you’re a bear, hibernating in the winter. When bears hibernate, they breathe slooowly in and out through their noses.” Each of the exercises is brief which is perfect for short attention spans. I can think of many uses for this book. Teachers could use it during story time or parents could do an exercise with kids to relax them after a long day.