Clara was a happy girl—until suddenly something didn’t go her way.
Clara was a happy and popular girl. But when she lost her temper one too many times, she lost her friends with it. Clara was left all alone for summer vacation, until she received an unexpected visit from the coolest customer around: Brodhi the Bird. Over butter tarts, Brodhi teaches Clara to calm her temper through the art of meditation. Come September, Clara’s ready to go back to school and win back her friends—but will her newfound sense of calm survive the first day?
“A wonderful book for kids on the preciousness of calming the heart and mind.”
– Roshi Joan Halifax, Abbot, Upaya Zen Center
“Funny but to the point, The Secret to Clara’s Calm is an excellent storybook for parents, educators, and young readers. Beautifully illustrates how meditation supports self-regulation and improves friendships.”
– Sumi Loundon Kim, author of Sitting Together
“What an awesome little book. Tamara Levitt has written the charming story of a (mostly) happy girl who keeps freaking out her friends with furious anger outbursts. Her solution—meditation—is presented is an honest and realistic way, and should be a great help to a great many young folks. Personally, as a wildly dysregulated kiddo (up one moment, down the next), I could have used this advice. This is ninja training for the 21st century. Try it out!”
– Jeff Warren, mindfulness teacher and co-author of Meditation For Fidgety Skeptics
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