Puppy Mind by Andrew Jordan NancePuppy Mind by Andrew Jordan Nance

Puppy Mind

byAndrew Jordan NanceIllustratorJim Durk

Hardcover | September 13, 2016

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In this picture book for children and adults, illustrated by Jim Durk, who is adored by thousands of children for his many Clifford the Big Red Dog and Thomas the Steam Engine books, a young boy discovers his mind is like a puppy, always wandering away, into the past or the future. He sets about learning to train his puppy mind to heel to the present moment. Through remembering to breathe, the boy becomes a stronger and more caring master of his puppy mind, keeping it in the present, if only for a moment. Includes a link to a discussion guide for parents and teachers.
Andrew Jordan Nance has been an educator for over 25 years. He is the founder of Mindful Arts San Francisco, whose mission is to provide volunteer mindful educators to teach at underserved San Francisco Schools. Nance is also an award– winning actor and director. For almost thirty years he taught performing arts to students from diver...
Title:Puppy MindFormat:HardcoverDimensions:9.81 × 8.88 × 0.31 inPublished:September 13, 2016Publisher:Parallax PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1941529445

ISBN - 13:9781941529447


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PUPPY MIND   My mind is like a puppy, it likes to wander and explore. If I don’t watch it carefully it goes through any open door.   When my puppy mind is bored it runs to the future and the past. If I am not really careful, it will take me far away super fast.   My puppy mind likes to dig up memories, like when I got yelled at for not sharing my things. My mind scampers to the future and I don’t always like the pictures that it brings.   In class I try to listen to the teacher, but my puppy mind starts to stir, I quickly loose my focus, and the day becomes a blur.     I get mad at my puppy mind,  “Why don’t you just sit and stay!” but when I yell it gets scared and hides or runs away.   My puppy mind only heels if I take three slow deep breaths.  If I do it often enough, I do feel calmer in my chest.   Practicing being patient, is the best way to still my puppy mind. I am learning to be my mind’s best friend It responds best when I am kind.   So whenever I feel my puppy mind tugging at my sleeve,  I try to remember to breathe and breathe and breathe.   If I practice every day, and remember to be kind,  I will have more fun being with my best friend, my puppy mind.