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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
Over the course of our lives, we are exposed to several types of habits. We have a clear indication as to why we perform some habits while at other times we are unsure as to how a habit has come about. A dog called Max had a frequent habit of chasing his tail. The Tail of Max the Mindless Dog: A Children's Book on Mindfulness by Florenza Denise Lee shows us that we can be so caught up in a habit that, over the course of a few years, it becomes a part of who we are. One day Max’s life changed when his friend, Ross, taught Max some mindfulness exercises. Through closed eyes, controlled breathing, counting and going inward, one can overcome any type of habit, especially those that can become harmful to us. This exercise helped Max to not only overcome his bad habit of chasing his tail, but it also enabled him to share this exercise with others so that they too could become free from habits that can hurt them.
I enjoyed this book because it can be autographed for that special child. There is a space at the beginning of the book that says This Book Belongs To____________ which gives a personalized touch. It will provide the child with a book all of their own that they can enjoy, share and read over and over again. Both children and adults alike can learn a lot from this educational book. Not only does this book offer a great story but the illustrations are engaging and extremely beautiful in helping to tell and shape the story. Mindfulness is a new term that is making its place in the world, as in its current form ultimately relaxation is the key. Being in touch with your surroundings, seeing how your environment affects you and overcoming any form of anxiety, worry or negative emotions can put anyone at ease.