Striker, Slow Down! by Emma Hughes
Striker the cat is unstoppable! He thinks that there is too much fun to be had, and no matter what his mama tells him, he never slows down. One day, a bump to the head brings this busy cat to a standstill. Will Striker finally listen to his mama and learn to make time for a little calmness?
This charmingly-illustrated picture book for ages 3-6 aims to teach busy children about the benefits of taking time to sit quietly and clear their mind. Touching on the principles of mindfulness, it provides the perfect introduction to the differing feelings of chaos and calm and encourages children to find balance in their increasingly busy lives.
Striker is a VERY active young kitten. His mother is always telling him to slow down, but he sees himself as a wild and free kitten and to him that means always moving. In the end his mama teaches him that being free can also mean expanding your mind and focusing your thoughts. He starts to meditate essentially, and it helps him calm down.
This book is written in rhyming stanzas that don't always work. It's a little clunky to read at times, but the message is cute. The illustrations are fun as well. They portray the very active Striker in vivid colors. It's a decent read for kids ages 2-5.
My Rating: 3 stars
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