ABOUT THE BOOK
Ages 5+ | 64 Pages
Publisher: Belle Isle Books | ISBN-13: 9781953021519
Publisher’s Book Summary: One day, Odette the ant wakes up feeling stressed. After realizing that all she does is work, Odette decides to leave her anthill in search of the freedom to create her own world. Along the way, she meets Marcus, a lost mouse, and together they discover simple ways to feel better. Inspired by her journey and this wonderful new friendship, Odette finds her way back home to the colony with a new sense of being.
Odette’s Alphabet is a mindful story that offers a map to handle big emotions with kindness, unity, and courage. Fun and easy activities support each of the chapters, along with letters of the alphabet to provide additional opportunities for learning while encouraging young readers to explore meditation practices.
Odette is an ant - and we are all familiar with the stereotype of ants being busy and constantly working. So a story about an ant taking time for mindfulness may surprise you, but Odette learns some good techniques that can be shared with young readers. Along with her new friend, Marcus the mouse, Odette works through stress, anxiety, sadness and other emotions that might impact the day in a negative way. They discover that taking time to smell the flowers, trying something that takes a little bravery, and finding new friends can all help calm our hearts or uplift our spirits. Mindfulness is a popular topic, especially with those who know children who have difficulty self-calming or finding quiet in the middle of a hectic day. This book could be used with other resources for a parent to help a child or a teacher to work with a class. Perhaps they could watch some videos together that walk youngsters through breathing and concentrating on their heartbeat to calm down, or create an alphabetical list of things they are thankful for or things that make them feel safe and happy. A friend who practices yoga could lead young readers through an ABC of yoga poses, coaching them to concentrate on how each move and stretch makes them feel.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
woke up one day in her New York apartment feeling out of sorts. She realized that no matter how many trips she would take around the world, thanks to her modeling career, only a journey within could bring her peace. Eventually, she trained with world-renowned meditation teacher davidji. That training inspired this book, as she found herself drawing an ant and a sound: A, the beginning of all beginnings. Sandrine is a mother, meditation teacher, transformational coach, and Reiki practitioner. She shares free meditations about healing and empowerment on Instagram (@sandrinemarlier).
You can connect with her through her website, www.sandrinemarlier.com.