Lolli and the Magical Kitchen

Meditation Adventures for Kids - book 6

Children - Social Issues
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 03/29/2017
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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite

Lolli and the Magical Kitchen: Meditation Adventures for Kids by Elena Paige is a delightful way to teach children how to find calmness through meditative techniques. In this book, Lolli and Liquorice talk directly to children, taking them on fun-filled adventures to the Land of Color. Children visit the Magical Kitchen, the Magical Garden and the Galapagos Islands. Each story begins with the same instructions to relax by closing their eyes, breathing and relaxing. Throughout each tale, more meditative instructions are given to enhance the calming experience. This book could be used by parents for bedtime reading, or it could become a conversation starter to help children cope with difficulties through meditative techniques. There are additional surprises in the stories. For example, in the Magical Kitchen story, children are taught good bedtime hygiene tips, with a few recipes for healthy evening snacks.

The stories in this book are engaging and rich in meaning. The front cover, with two children in a meditative pose, is a great representation of what lies within. The artwork throughout the book, by Blue Monkey Studio, will entice children to join in the fun adventures. By using rainbow colors in numerous ways, the author helps children experience the wonderful effects of bright colors. Elena Paige has crafted a whimsical and enchanting book for children in Lolli and the Magical Kitchen: Meditation Adventures for Kids. This book is the sixth in a series, and it seems each one is comprised of wonderful journeys for children. These books are excellent for parents who desire a more holistic approach to life for their children.

Jack Magnus

Lolli and the Magical Kitchen: Meditation Adventures for Kids, Book 6 is a collection of story-based imaginative adventures written by Elena Paige. Lolli has three new adventures for her friends, and there are new friends to be made during each of them. Sharing these guided meditations is a perfect way to get kids to relax before naptime or bedtime. Parents can read them to their children while they're lying or sitting with their eyes closed, or they can have the children read along and enjoy the colorful and comical illustrations that accompany the tales. In the first adventure, Lolli takes her friends to the Land of Color for a visit to Lolli's Magical Kitchen in the Castle of Colors. It is a magical kitchen indeed, and getting there via a sloping and circling slide made of rainbow cake is just the start of a fun and educational adventure. Lolli teaches children about nutrition and the best ways to relax before bedtime during this adventure. She also shares recipes for slippery elm milk and a special banana and dark chocolate chip cake. In the second adventure, Lolli and her friends visit an enchanted rose garden. The roses there give special powers to those who sniff them. The yellow roses show you a mirror where you can see your grownup self, and the blue roses set the visitors off on a most exciting seafaring visit beneath the waves. The last adventure takes our friends to the Galapagos Islands, to visit with the Blue-Footed Boobies.

Elena Paige's story-based guided meditations, Lolli and the Magical Kitchen: Meditation Adventures for Kids, Book 6, continue to expand children's imaginative and creative powers while they help them cope with the stresses and strains that even little ones experience on a daily basis. I loved getting to see Lolli's kitchen, where everything has a name, and appreciated how she helps children understand the best ways to relax before bedtime. I thought the Galapagos Island adventure was superb, especially with the gift of the shells that help children speak out about things that are troubling them. I'd have to say, however, that my favorite adventure, this time around, takes place in that magical garden of roses. This guided meditation gives children wings, a peek at their future selves, the ability to morph into their favorite animals and breathing apparatus to allow them to partake in an exciting mermaid rescue adventure. Along the way, Lolli teaches her guests how to deal with emotions in a positive way, without repressing them or being overwhelmed by them. I have a strong suspicion that quite a few parents and caregivers will find themselves venturing into the garden of roses on a sleepless night as well -- it's just too tempting a prospect for anyone to resist for long. Lolli and the Magical Kitchen: Meditation Adventures for Kids, Book 6 continues to explore the magic that can be found in guided meditation; it's most highly recommended.

Lisa McCombs

In this sixth book in a series of meditations for children, author Elena Paige uses soothing words and images to lull children into a safe space of peaceful fun. Lolli and Liquorice, fun loving characters from the Land of Color, venture with your child to the magical kitchen where sumptuous desserts are made, and a lesson in making the most of our time rather than barricading our minds behind electronic gadgets. In Lolli and the Rose Garden, the child is directed to a magical flower garden where different colored roses encourage children to understand the human emotions of anger and frustration. In the final meditation, Lolli and the Blue-Footed Boobies, children are encouraged to appreciate the surroundings of home.

With a combination of colorful illustrations and convincing narration, Lolli and the Magical Kitchen: Meditation Adventures for Kids is a delightful method of inducing relaxation in children. These stories can be used as just that, stories, or as a creative method of relaxation that normally is enjoyed by adults in this meditative bedtime story alternative. Paige’s soothing words and repetitive cadence effortlessly take the listener (and possibly the reader!) into a peaceful state of mind, encouraging the security of a safe and secure bedtime experience. Thus, I find this to be a delightful alternative way to encourage peaceful thoughts and healthy sleep. This is the sixth book in a series of meditations for children by Elena Paige that introduces a seldom explored aspect of parenting. I anticipate these books will delight readers of all ages.