BREATHING MAKES IT BETTER by Christopher Willard and Wendy O’Leary

This is an earlier book by Wendy O’Leary, co-written with psychologist Christopher Willard. It’s based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, especially in its emphasis on following our breath and on visualizing ourselves as mountains, trees or clouds to see ourselves as more resilient and fitting in better. Every other double page presents a stressful situation concluding with the phrase “stop and take a breath” and the following spread ends with “breathe in, breathe out – peace is near”. So it teaches young children that they need to follow their breath when they are in a stressful situation and gently remind themselves that they can be like aspects of nature which just go on and endure, whatever is happening around them. “When you breathe you are alive and because you are alive, anything is possible.”

36pp, 234 x 234 mm, Hardback, 2019, RRP £14.99