Too Many Bubbles: A Story About Mindfulness – Christine Peck & Mags Deroma, illustrated by Mags Deroma

Too Many Bubbles: A Story About Mindfulness – Christine Peck & Mags Deroma, illustrated by Mags Deroma, Sourcebooks, 9781728235905, 2021 

Format:  Hardcover Picture book

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

 Genre: Inspirational

 What did you like about the book? Mindfulness is definitely a hot topic right now in early education as well as adult self care practices. Often people think that young children cannot learn these skills, however research shows that the earlier children learn mindfulness skills the better their ability to cope with stressful situations later in life. This book teaches a mindfulness technique in the best child friendly way I have seen thus far in a book. We meet Izzy the mouse. Izzy starts off one day having one “negative thought”. It kind of follows her around all day as a bubble that hangs over her head. The first night she does not do anything to make it “go away” so one negative thought bubbles the next day and the next day grows to MANY negative thought bubbles. Izzy at one point gets so overwhelmed by the thoughts that they totally consume her. At this point she decides something must be done! In the next couple of pages Izzy leads us through some breathing exercises in order to help pop her negative thought bubbles. The book’s illustrations are the cutest things to follow along with. The backdrop of the pages are white so the color that gets splashed on the page in the form of her thought bubbles stand out. This almost invokes the overwhelming feeling that Izzy must also feel by the thoughts. As she pops the bubbles the pages clear until it is just a beautiful sunset. The pages are also not jam-packed with words which make the narrative very easy for young readers to follow along with.  I highly recommend this book! 

Anything you did not like about the book? No, this book was great and I look forward to exploring the Play Silly Street resources mentioned on the back cover pages. 

 To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for the soon to be elementary school student who needs help building up their mindfulness skills. I would recommend this for a child 4 years old and older. 

Who should buy this book? Preschools and elementary schools

Where would you shelve it?

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes! 

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston MA

Date of review: 7/26/2021

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