This weekend we read the children’s story “Mindful Millie” by Louise Tribble. I have followed Louise on Twitter for quite some time now so when she asked for people to give her new book a review I jumped at the chance and I don’t need an excuse for another elephant story. Louise isn’t just a children’s writer but also a mental health advocate. Her blog covers everything including mental health, writing and pregnancy. She is keen on helping others which is obvious from her beautiful story books.
At the moment Ellie is still far too young to fully understand mindfulness or even what is going on in the stories we read to her however her understanding of emotions from pictures and the expressions we use is far greater than I thought a 2 year old’s understanding could be.
Mindful Millie is a great book to introduce mindfulness and being mindful of others. Working in a primary school setting I appreciate how important teaching mindfulness is to a generation of children who are spending most of their time behind a screen. (I’m not saying that screen time is all bad, Ellie has more than her fair share of TV/Tablet time during the day.) The story is fairly short but suits it’s purpose perfectly. The illustrations are colourful and fills the page which kept Ellie’s interest more than other books. I love that there are chances for the reader to feel fully involved in the story through questions and gathering objects.
Overall the book is well presented and visually appealing to young children. I loved reading it and Ellie loved looking at the pictures too.
You can purchase Mindful Millie by visiting the authors website.