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To quote the book "Mindfulness is being present at the moment", stop. breathe and smell the flowers, enjoy the breeze. This little gem teaches children and adults to relax and open your entire body to the senses of the world instead of rushing around multitasking for the sake of speed. It is easy to read, with beautiful full pages of illustrations. There are such lovely images that I was tempted to use as my lock screen wallpaper for the sheer purpose of telling me to stop speeding and CHILL. It is a very good book to teach children about mindfulness, the illustrations provide many opportunities for adults to further the storytelling.
The stunning cover drew me into this charming picture book, the illustrations are just joyous. I adored Mr Sloth and his relaxing ways of teaching Sacha how to fully appreciate the world around her. Using the characteristics of a sloth to highlight to children that it’s okay to slow down and embrace what is around them was a wonderful way to connect to readers, I also loved that Sacha was a black girl with natural hair, and the page with her in bed with the headwrap on protecting her hair made this white adult cheer. While this may seem like a little detail to some, seeing this kind of representation in picture books is important. I really hope that the publishers create a box set with a cuddly Mr Sloth with his pudgy belly as I’m sure it would be a big hit with the wee ones. An absolute joy to behold!
There is no alternative than to give this full marks, and more. The layout is so clear, the font is just easy to read, the graphics are pure colourful delight. And it was absolutely great to have this little girl who anyone and everyone can relate to. Loved it! All kids can be inpatient when young. Hurry, hurry, rush rush rush. This little one was no different, everything she did or undertook was with speed. Then she comes upon a new friend Mr Sloth. Mr Sloth of course is a sloth and slow and steady. When she enters into race it’s right up her street. But having Mr Sloth changes all that. There are two paces in life. Fast and SLOTH!
Oh my god I loved this so much, I think I was more obsessed . This is beautifully illustrated, how can you not look at the pictures and not be drawn in and want to read the story, adult or child. I loved the idea of using the sloth to show children to appreciate life, to stop and smell the roses, to take a deep breath and feel. Actually could be used to teach adults too. Absolutely brilliant and a must for all bookshelves (children or adult) Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
We read Mindful Mr Sloth at bedtime tonight and it was loved. Its a story about teaching children to slow down and enjoy the moment instead of always rushing from one thing to the next. Something my 3 Yr old could definitely take heed of sometimes! The illustrations in this book are beautiful and bright and colourful and really drew you in to the story. The message of mindfulness at the end encouraged my 7 year old to stop, take a deep breath and listen for what sounds she could hear through the open bedroom window, Miss Three eagerly joined in and proceeded to shout out in mimic everything her sister said.... Let's say reminders of mindfulness will not go amiss with her!! We loved this book and will definitely be purchasing it.
Lovely book that I wish my little boy would listen too and also slow down a little! Great story about a little girl that does everything in fast forward mode. Who then befriends a sloth so is forced to slow down a little and enjoy the simple things in life. The illustrations in this book were really something special - so pretty and colourful.
Sasha loves doing everything at full speed, but when she meets Mr Sloth he teaches her to slow and smell the roses! I just loved the message of mindfulness in this book as it’s so important for our children to learn this in our fast paced world. Also the illustrations are just gorgeous and appreciated the diversity shown in them.
We were lucky enough today to read Katy Hudson's latest book 'Mindful Mr Sloth' due to be released in September 2021. Here is what we thought... Bella 9/10 I liked this book a lot, I found it funny how the little girl is called Patience, but she isn't patient at all! She is really speedy, but sometimes this is too much - she doesn't even eat all of her dinner! I like how the sloth helped her be better and show her it is good to have a balance. I learnt that sometimes speed isn't always best, it isn't how fast you do something, but how well you do it. Charlotte 8/10 We really enjoyed this book! Sometimes I find that children's book with a strong moral lesson can try too hard, and the magic is lost, but 'Mindful Mr Sloth' ticks all the boxes! It is a lovely story that teaches children the meaning of mindfulness and why it is sometimes best to slow down and enjoy life, but in a child-friendly fashion. The main character, Sasha, was incredibly relatable to both children and adult alike, and her friendly sloth companion is adorable. This would be a lovely edition to any child's library.