Good People Everywhere. ~ Miri McDonald

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on Aug 23, 2012
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A Children’s Book Review

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Mindfulness made accessible for kids!

In yoga classes, we are often reminded to “live our yoga off the mat,” meaning to bring the same mindfulness we bring to our practice, into our lives. Lynea Gillen’s new children’s book, Good People Everywhere, is a lesson in living yoga off the mat.

Spreading the Good News

The book begins, “Today, in neighborhoods all over the world, millions and millions of people are doing very good things.”

As a parent, the barrage of negative news stories can bring doubts about how you’ll show your little ones the good in the world.

As adults, we can be guilty of taking people doing good things for granted. Perhaps it is because many of these people are not authors, politicians, inventors, rock stars or television personalities. They are simple people just like you and me. I love how Gillen brings them forward and pays them their due attention. Take this quote:

“Today, people are planting seeds, picking fruits and vegetables and driving them to grocery stores all around the world, so you can have a ripe, juicy orange in your lunch.”

In that single phrase, Gillen brings attention to gardeners, truck drivers and grocery store employees while simultaneously planting the idea that an orange grows from a seed. I also love how the orange is described as ripe and juicy, engaging the child’s senses.

Kristina Swarner’s illustrations bring warmth and friendliness to the book. Brilliantly vibrant colors and images help young readers imagine these people in our lives.

Small hands can make a huge difference.

Gillen closes almost as she began, with the reminder of good people doing good things, but this time challenges the reader. A simple truth combined with curiosity:

“And so will you. I wonder what you will do.”

This invitation to imagine the good things they’ll do will hopefully encourage young readers to continue the beautiful cycle of mindful, positive acts.



Miri McDonald works in strategic communications, is a mom to two young boys, a wife to a fabulous husband and a yogini on and off the mat. She and her family live in Madison, WI where they eat too much cheese and enjoy the good things the amazing WI farmers grow. She tweets at @mirimcdonald.




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11 Responses to “Good People Everywhere. ~ Miri McDonald”

  1. Melody says:

    I love kids books about gardening, nature and farming. And kids love them too.

  2. Candice says:

    This sounds great. Thanks for the insightful review. We will be looking for "Good People Everywhere" at our library!

  3. Pnina says:

    Great review. I am a teacher and I think this would be a wonderful book to inspire children of all ages to become better people.

  4. Miri says:

    Thanks for the compliments on my review. Candice and Pnina. Thanks for your comment, Melody. Kids do love learning about nature and gardening for sure!

  5. What a great concept for a book!

  6. Henry says:

    The review was very colorfully written and made me want to read the book.

  7. Rebecca says:

    Loved the review! Sounds like a story that will help teach kids about "the bigger picture" and showing how it's possible for each individual to make a difference in the world. Can't wait to check it out of the library!

  8. Miri says:

    Thanks for your compliment, Rebecca. I loved what you said about how the book can show kids that one person can make a difference!

  9. Laurel C. says:

    Love this review – and this book is the type our children don't see enough of. Thanks for bringing it to my attention! (off to the library and bookstore I go…..)

  10. Miri says:

    Thanks for your comment, Laurel. Glad the review encouraged you to seek the book out!

  11. Jennifer B says:

    I love the line "millions of people are doing very good things". It's great to discover a book about living yoga off the mat. I can't wait to get my hands on this book!