The Magical Mindful Day: Children's Book Review

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Title: The Magical Mindful Day
ISBN: 987-0-9998410-9-9
Author: Deborah Salazar Shapiro
Price: $16.99 | 48 pages | Age: 4 - 8 years
Genre: Children’s Literature
Available on The Magical Mindful Day website and on Amazon

On a visit to the beach with her mother, Gaby, the main character of Salazar Shapiro’s debut book, and her best friend, Baba, encounter a talking cat named Oreo who introduces Gaby to many aspects of mindfulness—noticing the present moment, caring about the environment, and protecting the earth and all its creatures. Together, they share a bond that transcends time and place. The Magical Mindful Day takes children on the adventure of becoming mindful and shows them that joy and caring go hand in hand. Parents, teachers, earth lovers, and anyone who wants to encourage children to be more mindful will find much of value in this delightful tale.

These lessons translate to readers, as Salazar Shapiro encourages them to engage with the world around them in the same ways Gaby has, remembering the importance of practicing kindness toward everyone and everything. “Adults can incorporate gratitude into their daily lives along with their children, bringing mindful awareness and appreciation toward the people and things we often take for granted,” she says, inviting parents to work alongside children to foster love, respect, kindness, and compassion.

“Through practice, I not only discovered the feeling of being alive and more at peace with my awareness of what was happening both in my inner and outer world, but I was also able to see the futility in constant worrying, learned to accept the present as the only thing that truly exists,” explains Salazar Shapiro. An instructor of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and a dedicated practitioner of mindful meditation for almost a decade, she practices what she preaches to others, both in her book and daily life.

“It is powerful to be kind and compassionate,” Salazar Shapiro boldly states. In a world seemingly driven by electronics and social media, it is easy to become disconnected from surrounding people and nature. In The Magical Mindful Day, Salazar Shapiro highlights the importance, now more than ever, to guide children how to reflect on the effects of the items they use on a daily basis, especially plastic products, and the power they have to create change by making conscious choices about how they treat the people and world around them.

Mindfulness is such an amazing story for children of all ages and adults to read to their little ones. This is a story which teaches children the powerful message of paying attention to take care of the Earth and themselves through mindfulness. At the same time delivering a message to adults about the importance of taking care of our Earth and ourselves.

The book starts off with a little girl named Gaby spending the day at the beach. BaBa (her stuffed cat), and her “mama”. This little girl is very kind-hearted and becomes aware of the plastic rings washing up on the shore. During her time at the beach, she meets a cat named Oreo. They talk about our Earth and being mindful of our actions. Together Gaby, BaBa, and Oreo go on an adventure exploring different ways in which to be mindful. Gaby learns that we are connected to animals, other humans, and nature. We should show love for all of these things through our actions.

Mindfulness is a technique one uses to teach oneself how to calmly and thoughtfully handle the turbulence of their everyday journey. You can use mindfulness to help overcome anxiety or fear. It can also help with winding down, and connecting with yourself and the world around you. Another way to describe this is by learning how to meditate. This is a great way to teach young ones how to connect and calm themselves. Parents and kids can practice this together. This story offers a cute and amazing message, a unique process, and beautiful illustrations for the whole family.

Deborah Salazar Shapiro, MSW, is a psychotherapist, mindfulness teacher, author, and artist who was born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador. She has been working with children and families for over 15 years. Deborah holds an MSW from the University of Southern California and a masters-level degree in psychology from the University Dr. Jose Matias Delgado in San Salvador. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband, two daughters, and a wise cat named Thay.

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