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Reviewed by David Korson for Readers' Favorite
Attractive artwork accentuates an entertaining story with an important message in Laban Learns Mindful Breathing by Sara Taher. Laban is an adorable kitty that has just moved into a new home. As you might expect, a new residence offers many opportunities for a curious young cat to explore and discover. However, for Laban, it also presents some scary situations. Whether it’s an imagined dragon on the balcony or Laban’s own exaggerated shadow, frightful incidents seem to be found everywhere. Although Laban’s initial reaction is to run and hide, the brave kitty ultimately uses helpful breathing techniques to manage anxiety and become more comfortable in the new home. Through deep breathing, Laban is able to maintain a calmness that keeps undue fears in proper perspective.
The colorful artwork centers around Laban, an imaginative white kitty whose varying emotions are wonderfully expressed. Kids that deal with anxiety or overwhelming fears will be able to relate to and benefit from Laban’s example, and all cat-loving children will enjoy the dynamic pictures and inviting storyline. With expressive text that includes repetition, alliteration, and inventive cat-centric words that are just plain fun to say, Laban Learns Mindful Breathing is a wonderful book for reading aloud. Additionally, the eventful story is engaging and interactive, with well-placed questions and encouragement for children to try deep breathing right alongside Laban. Perfect for parents that want to introduce focused deep breathing techniques to their children in a fun and approachable manner, Sara Taher offers a positive message in a delightful package.