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Three Books of Mythology for Kids

Really only two of them are mythology, and one has some cool mythos on Buddhism, but it a serious book to help younger generations learn to allow more peace and calm into their lives.

Goddess Power – 10 Empowering Tales of Legendary Women

goddess powerFirst up, I have Goddess Power by Ying In Chae. I’ve had a love for mythology since I was old enough to understand words. Imagine my surprise when a publisher who sends me cool books to review had not one but TWO books on mythology! This is the first of the two I got in the mail. I’ll be telling you all about the other one in a moment.

Goddess Power is a book stuffed with ten stories about Goddesses. It’s a great primer for any child interested in mythology, and it’s an excellent book filled with girl power (hence the book’s title). Myths are a way ancient people found to explain how things happened – from how the Earth was “born” to how people, plants, and animals came into existence.

Within the pages of this book, you will find stories about Gaia, Rhea, Hera, Artemis, The Fates, Demeter, Athena, The Muses, Aphrodite, and Circe. It’s, again, a great beginner’s guide into mythology, but it is not the full text on each of these goddesses’ histories.

Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt – Egyptian Mythology for Kids

Let me start by saying that mythological stories are sometimes told differently from story ancient egyptto story (take a moment to look of the “history” or Robin Hood, a perfect example of how myths have more than one origin story). This book has some stuff that is far different from what I’ve learned about Egyptian mythology over the past 30+ years. That doesn’t make what this book tells wrong – it’s just another version of a history of man.

A comprehensive book of the mythos of Ancient Egypt would require far more pages than Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt has, so the book ties stories of some of the more minor gods and goddesses (though I would call Maat minor) into the other stories, or throws them in between chapters (almost as an afterthought).

Much like the Goddess Power book, I think this is a great text for beginners and young children, but not so much if you’re knowledgeable already in the history of deities of Egypt.

Buddhism for Kids – 40 Activities, Meditations, and Stories for Everyday Calm, Happiness, and Awareness

519Z5DAddbL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Buddhism for Kids by Emily Griffith Burke is more than a book of mythology. I like the stories it includes, like Aesop’s Fables, each teaching some sort of moral.

So, a brief look into the book, in my words: There are adapted stories on Buddhism, like The Brave Buddha Bird, along with lessons for kids to do. The lessons include things like meditations and other “projects.” What’s great about it all is that the book is friendly to parents – You can do these side-projects with or without the kids and benefit from them.

You and your child will learn to be more aware of the world around you, find joy in peacefulness, and how to use creativity to do both!

 

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Exploring Nature With Kim Andrews

I love the great outdoors. I feel like kids these days don’t get to spend as much time outside as I did as a kid. We were free-range children in the 80s. It’s was a different world back then. But there are still plenty of chances to get outside with your children, and these two books by Kim Andrews will help you; Exploring Nature Journal For Kids and Exploring Nature Activity Book For Kids.

While the journal has begins with some great information, it really works great alongside the activity book. The journal starts with safety first, as it should, including safety tips to protect exploring children from things like poison ivy and wild animals. There are instructions on how to use the journal and creative things to do with your journal.

My favorite part of the journal is that each entry has an additional page for field sketches. This is a bonafide outdoor explorers journal, it doesn’t cut short just because it’s geared toward children. It’s a wonderful and fun learning experience, where kids can track the foliage and wildlife they see, what they learned on their exploration, and more.

The activity book is filled with fun projects. Ones that will help your child learn more about the great outdoors, and some that will bring the great outdoors in for closer exploration.

Some of the fun projects you’ll find within the pages include:

  • Creating a walking stick
  • Learning about different types of clouds
  • Learning about the phases of the moon
  • Fossil making
  • Birdwatching
  • Making a toad home

There are 50 fun projects in this book, so that list barely glosses over the coolness within these pages. There are step-by-step instructions written to make them easy for kids to follow (but parents can help out too).

It’s getting near time to start thinking about Christmas shopping (don’t shush me), so why not snag these two books for the little future explorer in your life!

 

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Anger Management Workbook For Kids by Samantha Snowden, MA

51kVJoaew8L._SX398_BO1,204,203,200_As a Holistic Life Coach and Spiritual Counselor, I love reading books that give me insight in helping people of all ages. When I was working toward my life coaching degree I took a class in anger management, and the ways we express and deal with anger have always intrigued me.

I was fascinated with this Anger Management Workbook For Kids. In fact, I feel like plenty of the fun activities and tips within this book could be used for adults too. Some of us act just like children when we’re mad, don’t we?

This book is an amazing workbook that will help any child dealing with anger issues find new ways to express feelings of annoyance, frustration, and more. Every page has activities and questions that help children learn to pay attention to anger and how it makes them feel. They’ll learn what triggers anger for them, and how to just let it go.

My absolute favorite part of this book is the final quarter of it. This is where the author gets more in-depth with the natural ways you can decrease anger – like using breathing techniques and guided meditation.

This is an absolute must-have book for parents that want their children to learn healthy ways to cope with feelings of anger, even if it’s something as small as a wrinkled forehead because it’s time for bed!

I received this book free from the publisher, and this is an honest and unbiased review.