Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda

Author: Lauren Alderfer
Illustrations: Kerry Lee MacLean
Softcover ~ 32 pages

As our story begins, Monkey is not so mindful - his Monkey Mind constantly jumping from one thing to another - but he encounters a mysterious and playful friend in Happy Panda. Panda helps Monkey recognize the simple joy of doing what you're doing while you're doing it.

This wonderful picture book for children and adults alike introduces the powerful practice of mindfulness in a fun and exciting way. With the delightful Monkey and his serene friend Happy Panda guiding readers to a calmer and more attentive mind, this whimsical yet warm presentation engages the readers with delight, understanding and empathy.

Lauren Alderfer, an educator for over twenty-five years, has taught all levels-from graduate studies at SIT Graduate Institute in the USA, down to the first grade in US-based overseas schools. After living in India for over a decade, Lauren now divides her time between India and the Americas. Her ability to blend a Western perspective with the deep spirituality of the East invites educators to cultivate their inner lives in the daily act of teaching while developing mindfulness and compassion.

Kerry Lee MacLean is the author and illustrator of several award-winning and best-selling picture books, including Moody Cow Meditates and Peaceful Piggy Meditation. Her latest books are Moody Cow Learns Compassion and The Family Meditation Workbook, an activity book for parents and children of all ages. Kerry has been leading family meditative arts workshops in North America, Australia and Europe for many years, and is the mother of five young adults who still employ meditation as an important tool in their busy lives.