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Lions Roar : January 2012
SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2012 77 and lure of video games. And yet a well- crafted story—even a Buddhist one—can still capture his imagination, and heart. I began reading Buddhist storybooks to my son when he was about four. Over the years we’ve read some wonderful ones that have gently influenced how he sees the world and how he deals with the big and challenging emotions that go along with being a kid. Moody Cow Meditates by Kerry Lee MacLean (Wisdom) is one such story, fea- turing a boy named Peter who is having a very bad day. First he has a scary dream; then his sister draws on his brand-new skateboard; then he misses the bus and has to ride his bike in the snow; then he As the mother of a seven-year-old child, my day often begins with my son sidling up to my bedside and asking if I will log him on to the computer. When I mut- ter “No” and roll over, he climbs up and pleads, “What about my DSI, then? Can I play DSI?” For anyone who’s not up on the latest children’s games, this is a por- table videogame player that is the bane of many parents who want their children to live healthy, active lives. Of course any suggestion that he go read a book is met with complaint. It’s tough for a book to compete with the excitement Good Reads for Little Buddhas Reviews BY TYNETTE DEVEAUX TYNETTE DEVEAUX is the editor of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly. Above: Moody Cow Meditates. Top: Ahn’s Anger. wipes out on his bike coming home, and on it goes. As the day gets worse, so does Peter’s mood, and before long all the kids are calling him Moody Cow (the char- acters, including Peter, are depicted as cows, making the name even more apt and humorous). Eventually Peter’s grand- father drops by to help, introducing him to meditation using an ingenious mind jar. Peter puts a pinch of sparkles into a jar of water for every angry thought he has, naming each thought as he goes along. Once all of the angry thoughts are accounted for, his grandfather puts the lid back on the jar and shakes it up. Together they sit quietly watching the sparkles swirl around and slowly settle on the bot- tom. It’s a great way to introduce children to the practice of meditation, while also helping them become aware of their feel- ings. The author provides instructions at the end for making a mind jar, using water, glycerin, and liquid soap. Anger is also the theme in Anh’s Anger, by Gail Silver (Parallax Press). Beauti- fully illustrated by Christiane Krömer, the story follows a grandfather and his five-year-old grandson Anh, who, like most children, doesn’t want to stop play- ing when it’s time for supper. After his grandfather calls him repeatedly to come eat, Anh has a meltdown and tells his grandfather he hates him. What’s instruc- tive and heartening is the grandfather’s reaction. “You’re upset,” he says calmly. “Please go to your room and sit with your