Breathe Deep, Little Sheep
A Calm-Down Book for Kids
by Jessica Lee
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 2 Mar 2021 | Archive Date 2 Mar 2021
A kid-friendly introduction to self-soothing and mindfulness with adorable animal friends. A child’s “very first step” into mindfulness where the story’s short rhymes can be used as soothing mantras, paired with delightful illustrations of baby animals working through anxious situations. This book does double duty as a self-help story providing great comfort beyond the pages.
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A lovely little story about animals that are anxious and corralling your thoughts and using tools to combat those worries. The illustrations are simple and very sweet. They will help give your kids tools to calm and move through life with a little more ease.
Such a sweet book to teach little ones self-soothing and mindfulness. I wish this book had been around when I was a wee one. Cute as a button illustrations of our animal friends in nature will keep children engaged. Perfect for reading outside and practicing some of the strategies presented while surrounded by nature. I could definitely tell the author has connected with the fact that our fellow animals have a lot to teach us. Thank you to Jessica Lee, Lucia Wilkinson, Andrews McMeel Publishing, and #NetGallery for an ARC of #BreatheDeepLittleSheep in return for an honest review. Review will be posted on NetGallery and Goodreads.
This was such a fantastic book to read with my 4 year old. Definitely a book we will be reading over and over with some great little techniques for him. Thank you so much for allowing us to view it
This little picture book is an adorable introduction to some self-soothing strategies for children. A nice, calming bedtime read and a great discussion starter.
This little story picture book is so damn precious! Let's get this. These books actually help. Kids are generally shy and start getting anxious in unfamiliar surroundings (forget kids! We all do!). Because we have been taught to be careful and to fear all the time. So yes, let's read such cute little books with amazing (yes, candy like!) illustrations which actually tells you easy steps to follow in case you get too much anxious in a situation. Love this book! Those cute little animals though! My heart is happy! Thank you, Authors and the Publisher for this advanced reader copy.
Such an adorable picture book. I think this would be a definite repeat read in my home. Gives great techniques for soothing to little ones.
This book is such a great idea to introduce mindfulness to kids. Great colour palette with cute illustrations and bold colour choices. I really liked the inclusions of different animals in the book. My favourite snippet was "When a problem feels enormous and you don't know what to do, just break it into little steps: one hop, two hops, go you!" This was a great problem solving introduction. Great book, would recommend to any kid and their parents (parents could use some mindfulness introduction too!).
As a primary school teacher and parent, I know how important it is to help children practice self-regulation. This sweet picture book uses engaging rhymes and colorful illustrations to teach children about mindfulness. It would be a wonderful addition to any preschool or home library!
"A child friendly introduction to self-soothing and mindfulness with adorable animal friends." A beautifully illustrated and written book about a cute little sheep and some adorable friends surrounding him. Perfect for any child who has anxiety tendencies to teach them to stop, breathe, think happy thoughts and take a moment. Easy steps and strategies for a parent to teach and a child to learn to ease the worries of the day. Perfect for reading to children/grandchildren and a lovely book for them to read themselves when older, to help them overcome any worries or anxieties they face growing up. The illustrations are particularly cute and well drawn, and overall a book I would recommend to friends.
A cute book to talk to little ones about big feelings when one is overwhelmed. This is a great way to introduce mindfulness to little ones and let them know that feeling like that is normal. The cute rhymes will be ones that will stay with them, so they can use later on. It's a cute storybook with great illustrations, so I'm sure it will be fun even for those who aren't struggling with any anxiety. Many thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley for the advance copy.
This is a wonderful children's book! I think mindfulness is so important, and this book is such a sweet way to teach this to even the smallest children. The words are so relaxing and the pictures are beautiful. I will definitely be adding this to my kid's library! I received a free copy of this book from netgalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
This book is TOO CUTE. It's perfect to read with a child who is may need to learn how to calm their troubled mind. It's trying to get the child to participate in mindful breathing to reduce stress and anxiety they may be experiencing. The main action it expresses is basically: "Inhale, exhale, repeat." Each new scene in the book shows a different animal that needs to learn this little exercise, followed by the animal's happiness when it takes a moment to breathe. (And those little critters are just ADORABLE! I love the illustrations!!) Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in return for an honest opinion.
*thank you to Netgalley, Jessica Lee and Andrews McMeel Publishing for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* 4 stars. These days and this year in particular, days been full of stress, worry and anxiety, not just for adults but kids of all ages too. I like how there is a book about being calm for little kids. It's important that they learn ways to cope at a touch age so that they will cope better as teens and adults. I also like the illustrations. They were colourful and interesting to look at. I would definitely pass this on to my little niece and all other little kids, especially those who are a bit more sensitive.
This is a good little book to introduce children to mindfulness and different techniques in how to self-soothe, how to cope with anxiety and how to calm down. The animals and illustrations in the book are really cute and fun and my daughter loved them. Many thanks to the author, publisher and netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Thank you to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for kindly providing me with a digital copy of this book for review. This book is adorable. The artwork is very cute and has a comforting nursery feel to it- lots of fluffy sheep and penguins. It’s a really good sleep promoting book I feel. Although I think this can be read equally effectively in a school setting as well. I don’t think it’s a particularly insightful observation to make, but I rather think 2020 has created a lot of anxiety for children and adults alike. I think stories like this can be a useful tool to help children understand and release that anxiety. At the end there is even a suggested activity to do with your child to help control anxiety. I also loved the rhyming pattern of this book and it made it a fun and memorable read.
Young children are just little balls of emotion and this book is the perfect way to teach them some kind of control. The world is super frustrating at any age and having some kind of technique in your pocket to help calm and control your emotions and to be mindful of how we are feeling will help anyone in the long run. This is one of the first things my husband and I taught our daughter to do when she would get overwhelmed and I'm so pleased to see this technique of self-soothing brought on through a cute story and illustrations. She's 6 now and it has prevented many meltdowns. My 4 year old on the other hand would never try this technique and he would bottle up and explode. He enjoyed the book and I'm hoping reading this a few more time and using it as an example of slowing down and mindfulness will help him. Aside from the great lesson it can teach us, the book itself was super cute and an easy read. I can't say enough about what the book has to offer though! This book would be a terrific addition to any children's' library and the lesson learned could be priceless! I would greatly recommend this book! I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving a free copy.
As the importance of mindfulness is being realized in the broader society, this book becomes particularly important and timely. Pictures are beautifully drawn and the text simply is written so children can be introduced to the concept of being calm and are encouraged to take deep breaths. I think there is more room for other exercises for calmness to be included though.
This is a great introduction to mindfulness and meditation for littles. I loved how practical and simple the ideas are but I wish it stuck to less types of animals because some just didn't flow well. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital review copy.
Breathe Deep, Little Sheep by Jessica Lee is such a wonderful and calming little children's book! Anxiety is so common these days in children, and mindfulness is so important to help deal with that. This book is a sweet and gentle way to guide even the smallest children in easy mindfulness practices that they can learn and use in their daily life. The pictures are colorful and lovey as well. Thanks Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley for a free copy in exchange for my honest review.
Sweet book that helps teach kids self-soothing techniques. It's a great resource for parents unsure of how to handle or approach anxiety with their kids and will surely be a great conversation starter. Illustrations are adorable too, and all the adorable animals should hold shorter attention spans for quite awhile. This would make for a great gift to new parents. Definitely buying a copy when it's released!
A perfect social-emotional learning book for little ones! Learn how a variety of animal friends deal with their worries: imagining something happy, wiggling their body, sharing feelings, taking deep breaths.... Each struggle and strategy gets a before and after illustration to show kids what to do, and most strategies also show parents and friends helping them feel better, too. It's all presented in a very soothing and natural way. "Breathe deep, little sheep, there's no need for alarm. Inhale, exhale, then repeat. You're learning to stay calm." I can absolutely see a parent or teacher referencing this book when their child is struggling with emotions, and maybe acting out the strategies with their child as well! *Quote is from uncorrected ARC.
This is a sweet book for children about mindfulness and self-regulation. Having taught young school-age children to practice mindfulness, I am always happy for new resources. This book is recommended as a terrific introduction and for practical ideas.
Cute book for littles about how to calm down when they get angry or anxious. The illustrations go with the story. Kids will be able to understand and complete the actions that the book suggests to calm down and regain composure. Kids will like the pictures and cute animals. This book would be appropriate for kids ages 3-8. Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book for my honest opinion.
Breathe Deep, Little Sheep is a lovely book that I enjoyed reading with my 4 year old son. The illustrations are simple but beautiful and we enjoyed it very much. Thank you to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for my ARC.
This book was adorable! It shows many feelings or situations that little kids experience, and show solutions for them. My five year old liked it so much, after reading it she decided she wanted to make her *own* breathe deep book. WIth engaging pictures and language any child can understand, Breathe Deep, Little Sheep is definitely a good book to read to little kids experiencing big emotions in ways they can understand.
My daughter and I both loved this book. I love that it used animals and beautiful illustrations to teach an important lesson. We will definitely be reading this one over and over again. 100% recommend.
This is a really short and sweet book that can help kids learn how to self sooth. I think it’s a great one for kids to learn how to be mindful and deal with stress, anxiety or anger at a young age!
I was granted complimentary access to an eARC of Breathe Deep, Little Sheep by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Breathe Deep, Little Sheep is a picturebook for little kids about learning to calm down and break the big scary thing down into smaller, doable steps. Every 4 pages (2 open spreads) shows a different baby animal encountering a situation that causes them anxiety and then being coached through it. The artwork is absolutely adorable and will surely draw kids in.
Such a sweet and simple book! I love the cute illustrations and I think it's very adorable and calming. It's definitely suitable as a bedtime story and it's a great introduction to anxiety and problem solving skills.
I absolutely loved this book! It has so many great tools to teach kids how to calm their anxieties. The prose was well written with a great rhyme, and the illustrations are so adorable!
This is an adorable little book with vibrant illustrations about staying calm, breathing, and taking it one step at a time. Parents and kids alike will love this book.
A cute little book that is about staying calm. The illustrations are adorable. Perfect little board book to read with a toddler.
This is just too cute! It's a very helpful book with all that is going on in the world. The littles need to learn how to relax at an early age.
A really good idea to have this book in the house, mostly if you have a little kid. This book teaches us to realize our surroundings and stop worrying. There are steps to follow in case the little one got anxious about something, and help them to conquer their fear.
This is a book for calming little kids. I will say that it had a calming effect even for me. the illustrations were extremely lovely, they make me happy. I can not wait to purchase this for my little ones (when I become a mom in the future).
A very sweet message for younger kids about feelings. I loved the simple and colorful illustrations, it all worked well together.
I am a firm believer that we need to teach kids how to cope with emotions and this book is a great intron into how to do that. They are simple and the illustrations are well done that it is simple for a child to understand.
Adorable art and a great and healthy mindset for young children to follow. A perfect read for when a child needs something to help them calm down and relax. A very unique book idea that is great for teaching young ones how to cope with their feelings!
SUCH a cute book! It's hard to get my son to sit and listen to me read but he tolerated this longer than most, lol. I'd definitely recommend this to moms of preschool age littles.
Thank you Andrew McMeel Publishing and NetGalley for the advance digital reading copy of this book. I love the rhyming text and short sentences. The imagery and text will help kids relax and calm down when they are feeling anxious. I like the three step method at the end of the book to teach breathing exercises to young children.
This was a sweet book with cute drawings, soothing rhymes, and good tips for kids to calm themselves and practice mindfulness. My kids loved the variety of animals and the different activities. They also liked repeating the mantra: exhale, repeat, relax. A great addition to any child's library.
This is a very cute book showing different methods to help calm down. I enjoyed the illustrations and use of animals to keep kids attention and help them try these methods.
A picture book with not only little sheep but animals that children love will help your little one to learn to breathe. When your child feels anxiety, simple breathing exercises help your child to control their emotions and body. With the different animals and situations, children will identify they own fears and coping skills and build confidence. Highly recommend. A Special thank you to Andrews McMeel Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC the opportunity to post an honest review
Breathe Deep, Little Sheep by Jessica Lee was a delightful book that had an important message. It is never to early to teach our little ones to recognize their emotions and the power they have to gain control over their thoughts. The beautiful illustrations showed a variety of animals and the fun circumstances that caused them to exhale, relax and repeat. The message on mindfulness was even a good reminder for me! My almost four year old was a big fan of this book and the easy to remember mantras will be shared when he is feeling less than calm! I was provided a free copy of this book by Net Galley in exchange for a honest review. The opinions shared are my own.
This little introduction to mindfulness was very cute. It wasn't exactly what I was looking for in terms of a true introduction but it was enjoyable. I think having a little bit more explanation of what each animal was feeling before the calming down may have been more helpful. My child loved the illustrations and I really enjoyed the last page explaining different techniques to teach them how to breathe and calm themselves.
I like the simplicity of this book. The images are simple but saturated with calming colors. The rhyming pattern makes it entertaining and sing-songy for little children and rhymes tend to be easier to remember. There is also some repetition with the suggested mantra "inhale, exhale, then repeat." In fact, I wouldn't have minded more repetition of that mantra, but that is something the reader/parent could tack on to the end of each rhyming section. The author pulled habits that are relevant to both the animals and humans in reactions to fear or anxiety, like a dog hiding under a bed during a thunderstorm or a squirrel hoarding nuts. Further the end page that is primarily addressed to the adult reader, discusses why breathing can help with staying calm and details exercises you can try that may help your child understand this and learn a breathing technique. This is a book that would be great at a baby shower or for a toddler gift! It's never too early to start teaching the foundations to calm down.
Perfect for preschoolers to begin to teach mindfulness. Simple text and rhymes paired with adorable illustrations makes this an easy hit for preschools.
Breathe Deep, Little Sheep: A Calm Down Book for Kids by Jessica Lee gives young children tools for calming themselves. Their are animals who have anxieties and fears who need help learning strategies for being able to deal with their feelings. Some of the strategies include imagining a peaceful preferred place, exercising to shake worries loose, using words to verbalize feelings, quieting busy thoughts, and calming their breathing. There is also a page to explain how to teach steps for calming down to young children. The illustrations by Lucia Wilkinson are cute and are very peaceful looking. This book would be perfect for parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and therapists to use to teach young children how to calm their anxieties. As a special education teacher (self contained autism), I have had many students who have had meltdowns because they are unable to deal with their anxieties and worries. This is definitely a book that I will be adding to my classroom library to help my students.
This was a really cute little book. The art was absolutely beautiful. I think it's great someone wrote a book for children on dealing with anxiety. Children' deal with this just as much as adults do. Such a gorgeous book.
A lovely book with such cute illustrations. We follow little sheep with anxiety. Finding ways to deal with their uncomfortable feelings. This book teaches about mental health. Which is great for children to be introduced to, to help end the stigma. ***I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.***.
This title has absolutely adorable and appealing illustrations of both young and adult animals. These should bring a smile to the face of both the child and adult who are looking at this book together. Further, seeing animals and not children may make it easier for children to engage with a book about anxiety. This is a book to read with a child who is experiencing a bit of anxiety or to read with a child way before those feelings arise. There are gentle suggestions of things to try when a child is overwhelmed. The message that something can be done should be reassuring to a child. Practice right along with the child that you know and let them know that we all need to calm ourselves at times. This is a book that has a number of suggestions. They do not have to all be done at once. Perhaps a child can pick something to try based on the pages that most appeal to them. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title. It is an excellent resource.
As a therapist, I'm always looking for tools to use with young children, and to share with families to support their kids at home. Breathe Deep, Little Sheep is an accessible, sweet introduction to mindfulness techniques that will engage children and simplify teaching techniques for parents and professionals. The rhymes in this book aid with engagement and with retaining the skills so they can be used during times of anxiety.
Breathe Deep, Little Sheep introduces young children to the importance of learning to self calm when anxiety or worrying starts. Simple text offers strategies such as breathing deeply, taking a break somewhere quiet and talking about feelings. The illustrations feature animals and fit the strategies well. A perfect introduction to self calming and mindfulness.
Breathe Deep, Little Sheep is a book for children to help them learn to deal with anxiety. I would encourage parents to read this first solo to see if it's a good fit for their child. It's written in a sing-songy rhyme that makes for soothing reading and the illustrations are colorful and cute... but there is one scene of a sheep with tears in its eyes that might upset some small children. Also: the word "exhale" might be tough for young readers. At the end of the book, there are some suggestions for parents. I thought the pinwheel idea was really clever. I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
This is an excellent introduction for toddlers about mindfulness and self-affirmations. The illustrations were delightful and engaging and the rhyming was cute and catchy. I highly recommend.
Breathe Deep, Little Sheep by Jessica Lee is a useful resource to teach kids how to calm-down and ease their emotional pains and worries. I really love the illustrations that go along with this helpful picture book. I think this is a truly valuable tool that will help some kids learn how to calm down from big emotions. Anxiety is a big and scary thing, especially for kids! Tools like this book can be beneficial and helpful. The steps they provide at the back of the book is also very useful. All around, this is a sweet picture book that can be super helpful and is lots of fun to read! Three out of five stars. Thank you to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.
This book calmed me down so much while I was winding down for the night. Such a sweet book with even sweeter illustrations. This book is really important for little kids to teach them how to control and stabilize their emotions. Would recommend.
In a world where anxiety is becoming more and more common in our children. This book is a great introduction to mindfulness for children. I will definitely be buying this for my grandchildren.
This book aims to help young children with anxiety. It is a simple, short rhyme with colorful illustrations of animals employing self-soothing tools. After the story, it has a three-step guide for parents/caregivers to help their children work through their anxiety. Each page has a different animal using a different strategy. I feel that the book might have been more effective if one character held the story together rather than several; it would have allowed for a child to relate to the character. The illustrations are bright and colorful and simply adorable. Parents with children who suffer from anxiety may find this book to be helpful. I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing.
My daughter thought this was too cute. Easy to read which is important to me, she loved the pictures. Definitely one she would ask me to read over and over again.
I received an electronic ARC from Andrews McMeel Publishing through NetGalley. Charming animals help teach young readers how to calm down and relax by breathing deep, slow breaths. The various animals face situations that humans do and demonstrate how to relax and not be anxious. Readers can read the text for themselves or with an adult who can reinforce what the book is saying. Delightful illustrations help readers feel they are part of the scene too. Informative steps provided at the end of the book.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a temporary digital advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. I highly recommend this one. I'm putting it on a list for when I have kids who will inevitably have anxiety like me. This is a super cute book that provides helpful self soothing tips and skills. The illustration is good and full of adorable baby animals.
A sweet book to help children control their emotions and wind down. The pictures are adorable and the words are simple. Very nice addition to any child’s bookshelf!
This is a cute picture book on how to ease anxious thoughts. Sheep and other animals use techniques to calm down and help ease their anxiety that children can easily follow. This book held my daughter's attention with rhymes and adorable illustrations. Would recommend if you want to introduce calming techniques that are self-soothing. Thank you Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the opportunity to read this book.
~ Thanks to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review ~ *Please note that this review was delayed due to a period of health complications I love this book so much! "Breath Deep, Little Sheep" is the perfect balance of colourful, fun, and helpful, and achieves so much despite the simplicity of its concept. The text and advice is age appropriate. I can imagine this being very useful for children who are only just starting to understand the world around them and maybe getting a bit overwhelmed by it all. As a former highly sensitive child (now a highly sensitive adult), I wish something like this had been around when I found myself being controlled by my emotions. Of course, my parents helped as much as they could; that said, I do feel like this could be a very good tool for modern parents who want their child to feel safe and secure in themselves.