Sloth and Smell the Roses
This pun-derful guide to mindfulness offers many fun teaching moments for kids and their caregivers, covering topics from taking deep breaths to acknowledging strong feelings and working to let them go. Filled with bright, adorable illustrations in Hello!Lucky’s inimitable style, this playful, sturdy board book is sure to give the preschool set much to ponder. As a bonus seek-and-find element, readers will find at least one rose on every spread—an additional reminder to stop and smell the roses!
What I loved: Throughout the book, they cover some basic concepts around sadness, the feeling of things being unfair, needing to calm down, and more. Although it cannot go in depth on these different topics, this creates a starting space for talking about techniques to handle these feelings and ways of viewing the world around. With brightly colored illustrations that use colors expertly to capture the emotions being discussed, the images throughout the book are a definite win. Add that to the rhyming phrases which roll off the tongue, and this is a book that children are sure to enjoy.
The text is written in a large font, making it easy to read, and I love the neon backgrounds that manage to keep the writing clear. This is a great one to read aloud. The board book format, combined with the quickly turning pages, make this a great book for toddlers and preschoolers.
Final verdict: With delightful illustrations and rhyming text, SLOTH AND SMELL THE ROSES is a great board book introduction to mindfulness and emotions. Recommend reading with toddlers and preschoolers and supplementing with other techniques for managing tough/overwhelming feelings.