Moody Cow Meditates

Citation: MacLean, K. L. (2009). Moody Cow Meditates. Boston: Wisdom Publications. Moody Cow Meditates

Ages: 4- 9

Grades: PreK – 3

Description: Moody Cow Meditates is the story of Peter the Cow, who is having a very bad day. So bad, in fact, that all of the kids at school make fun of him and call him Moody Cow.  The story details all of the big and little things that made Peter’s day bad. Finally, Peter’s day gets better when Grandpa Cow teaches him how to meditate and clear his mind. His day gets much better after that.

Uses: Moody Cow Meditates is an ideal story for younger elementary or preschool aged storytimes, especially when first introducing the concept and benefits of meditation for the first time. Teachers and librarians can read the book, and then lead students in a meditation activity.

Review Sources: none.

Tags: meditation, animals

Peaceful Piggy Meditation

Citation: Maclean, K. L. (2004). Peaceful Piggy Meditation (1 edition.). Morton Grove, Ill: Albert Whitman & Company.Peaceful Piggy Meditation

Ages: 4-9; teens and adults who are differently abled – with adjustments.

Grades: PreK – Grade 3

Description:  Peaceful Piggy Meditation is Maclean’s straightforward lesson to young children about the benefits of meditation for their emotional, mental, and physical well-being.  Maclean begins her book by stating that life can be stressful; then lists many of the variables that may cause young children stress.  She teaches children that meditation can help them cope with stress, as well as other health benefits.  Maclean includes endnotes about individual and family meditation.

Uses:  Peaceful Piggy Meditation can be used for a child or family storytime program.  The bright images and storyline make for a story where librarians and teachers can heavily interact with the audience.  With older children, librarians can read the story, and ask children to add things that stress them out. Librarians can also lead a discussion of how people handle stress. Then, the librarian can lead students through some of the meditation techniques. Maclean’s emphasis on family events causing stress, and family meditation make this an ideal text to use during a family storytime program.

Review Sources:

Loch-Wouters, M., Jones, T. E., Toth, L., Charnizon, M., Grabarek, D., & Larkins, J. (2004). Peaceful Piggy Meditation (Book). School Library Journal, 50(11): 112.

Peaceful Piggy Meditation (Book). (2004). Publisher’s Weekly, 251(45), 55.

Mattson, J. (2004). Peaceful Piggy Meditation (Book). Booklist, 101(4), 411.

Tags: meditation, animals, pigs, emotional support, differently-abled