On an otherwise ordinary day, Elliot discovers something extraordinary: the power of mindfulness. When he asks his neighbor Carmen for a snack, he's at first disappointed when she hands him an apple - he wanted candy! But when encouraged to carefully and attentively look, feel, smell, taste, and even listen to the apple, Elliot discovers that this apple is not ordinary at all.
Lushly and humorously illustrated, No Ordinary Apple makes a traditional technique for training mindfulness a fun and enjoyable way for children to learn to slow down and appreciate even the simplest things.
When Elliot gets to his neighbor Carmen's house after school, he'd love a snack, and candy sounds just dandy. Instead, Carmen offers him an apple, and shows him that the fruit is extraordinary if only he can notice its taste, look, smell, feel, and crunch when bitten. This elementary lesson in Buddhist mindfulness is written in language children can readily understand, and Pascuzzo's brightly colored drawings explore Elliot's thoughts as he responds to Carmen, as well as the scene in her kitchen. While the book uses a simple vocabulary, it is somewhat discursive, which might puzzle or lose the youngest readers ("Eat the apple like you have never tasted one before. Only then will you discover what makes it so special"). Parents will appreciate the call to slow down and pay attention, advice that's good for a lifetime. (Avoiding candy is a bonus lesson.) For children, the book will open new perspectives on the fruit of knowledge. Ages 4 8.