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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications (Sept. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086171573X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861715732
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 0.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It's a great way to introduce children to the practice of meditation, while also helping them become aware of their feelings." (Tynette Deveaux, "Good Reads for Little Buddhas," Shambhala Sun)

"Salty, satisfying, and clever book." (Spirituality & Practice)

"An amazing, yet simplistically beautiful story that teaches children (and caregivers) how to meditate." (Circles of Light)

"This book is a true gem to those of us with children and that struggle with trying to teach them meditation." (Precious Metal)

About the Author

Kerry Lee MacLean is the author and illustrator of several award-winning and best-selling picture books, including Moody Cow Meditates and Peaceful Piggy Meditation. Her latest book is Moody Cow Learns Compassion, and her next will be an activity book for parents and children of all ages, The Family Meditation Workbook. Kerry has been leading family meditative arts workshops in North America, Australia and Europe for 15 years. She is the mother of five young adults who still employ meditation as an important tool in their busy lives.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ja Eun on Dec 11 2009
Format: Hardcover
I used this book during one of my classes on Buddhist meditation for elementary school aged kids and they loved it. The story is well presented and a realistic situation that the kids could easily relate to. It is a great starting point to discuss how anger works and what we can do to help ourselves when things are going wrong. The illustrations are great too. The meditation exercise is well presented and the book includes an easy to follow recipe for making "mind jars" as a meditation tool. We made them in our class and had a great time. The story is a bit young for older kids, but I used it for the junior high kids too, and they also had a blast. Although written for kids, I can think of a lot of adults who would also benefit from this book!
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A Buddhist nun friend of mine who teaches meditation to children recommended this book to me. It is great for showing kids a "hands-on" technique for settling their minds. The mind in a jar activity has become very popular (outside of any Buddhist context) on parenting and craft blogs and there are instructions on how kids can make their own at the back of the book. I purchased this book for my almost 3 year old, but it is probably better suited for school-aged children. The illustrations are great and the story will appeal to anybody who has had one of those days where everything seems to go wrong. Highly recommended.
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By carla bieth on Dec 5 2014
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anouk on Dec 29 2012
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The first several pages express a child's frustrations - but goes way too far. It would have given my child ideas to express anger in unproductive ways that he has not yet considered.
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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful
Great! Funny and Relevant, and Introduces a Meditation Many Children Will Love Sept. 29 2009
By L. Erickson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I liked the author's prior book on meditation for kids, Peaceful Piggy Meditation, but I think I like this one even better. It is funnier, and teaches a meditation that many preschool and elementary age children will love. The story centers around a young cow/boy who has had a VERY bad day (thus earning him the nickname 'moody cow'). He has a bad dream, his sister bugs him, he misses the school bus, he gets in a bicycle accident - like I said, a VERY bad day. And he gets VERY angry. To help calm him down, his grandfather helps him make a 'mind-jar', where sparkles swirling in agitated water represent his angry thoughts. Then he 'meditates' on the mind-jar by watching it until all the sparkles settle peacefully at the bottom. At that point, of course, he is feeling much better himself too.
Not only is this a great way to introduce meditation (instructions for the mind-jar are included in the back), but it also provides a way to talk about difficult emotions, and the situations in kid's lives that make them feel that way, in an open and non-punitive fashion. And it's appropriate for parents, teachers, and kids of any religious (or non-religious) background - meditation is not presented within a religious framework. Highly recommend!

EDIT 7/9/10 - I came back to edit this review after reading some of the other reviews. It is true that there is a lot more anger represented in this book than others, and that moody cow's expression of that anger - and his sister's - are pretty aggressive. And the mother's initial reaction to the behavior is punitive. But personally, I feel it has a fairy tale feel to it, because the characters are animals, and so these actions trigger discussion, but aren't presented as models for behavior. My own kid's did gasp the first time we read this book, when he broke the window, in the way they might gasp at a dragon battle or whatnot in another kind of story. I think the value is in triggering discussion, and letting kids feel like we all make mistakes, as opposed to trying to 'regulate' what they are exposed to. Of course what age to do that at is a personal parental decision.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
my "Moody Cow" loves this book! Jan. 20 2010
By J. Griffith - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have a very bright, emotionally intense six year old who's best friend loaned us this book a few days ago. We love it! I went out today to buy the fixings to make our own "mind jars"- my son is absolutely fascinated by the idea (he calls it a mad jar). At a playdate this afternoon he related the entire story almost verbatim to another friend, who now also wants to go out and get this book so he can make his own mad jar. Just think, we could end up with a whole population of six-year olds who know how to meditate! Fabulous!
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Anger Management for Kids Feb. 15 2010
By J. Steitzer - Published on
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I got this book for my Moody Cow daughter, 7 years old, but found that my 5 and 4 year old really benefitted from the simple act of letting their angry thoughts settle using the technique described in this book. It really works well because it is multi-sensory... VISUAL - kids watch as sparkles sink to the bottom of the jar. AUDITORY - they listen to gong to begin the meditation, and again at the end. EMOTIONAL - The grandfather listens to his grandson's misfortunate day, and EMPATHIZES as he goes along.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
lovely July 5 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Recently my 9 1/2 son has really been struggling with his emotions and how to deal with them appropriately. My local book store recommended this and I quickly became enchanted with it. As I read, I was easily seeing my son in those scenarios which whichin turn made me hope that he would relate with Moody Cow and I was right; he had no trouble doing so. Moody Cow was overly dramatic and prone to exaggeration as well as not accepting responsibility for his actions, just like my own little moody cow. I especially loved how he was dealt with effectively but not harshly. While he learned that while his actions weren't appropriate, his feelings weren't bad or wrong. His family took the time to teach him how to deal effectively and appropriately with those feelings by teaching him the mind jar technique.

I really enjoyed reading it to my children and then participating in the discussion this sparked. All of my children liked making a mind jar and the child this was bought for seems to be responding to this technique very well.

In response to the reviwes that mention he got away with breaking the window, he didn't. His consequence of that action was to clean the toilet for a month, something he quite detests. Discipline doesn't have to be harsh or punitive to be effective. Also, those that mention the violence and how his medical needs were ignored (as in why was he meditating with grandpa instead of going to a doctor) I point out that he's a dramatic child prone to exaggeration and seemed quite normal. While I'm sure he was hurt, I got more a feeling that he exaggerated the extent of his injuries. To whit, he did not actually have a broken nose or huge wounds. His medical needs weren't ignored; you can see bandaids in the illustrations.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good book, but a little long Aug. 29 2012
By Sarah_S - Published on
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I use this book in my practice as a child therapist. The book hold the kids' interest for the first third, but it starts to get long and a bit repetitive. I tend to paraphrase with younger children to keep them engaged. The best part of this book is that it included instructions to create a "mind jar" - a meditation tool. I would recommend it for kids between 6 and 9 or 10.