Molly and Omari Learn Tapping
Molly and Omari Series
by Patricia Brogdon
Narrated by Laura Lockwood
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Pub Date 13 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 03 Jan 2023
Molly and Omari Learn Tapping is the second book in a series of 12 books that teach children skills they may not learn in school, while simultaneously empowering and entertaining them, contributing to their love of reading, and learning.
In Molly and Omari Learn Tapping, culturally diverse best friends Molly and Omari learn how to “tap” away their strong emotions (also called the emotional freedom technique (EFT)) at school from their teacher Mrs. Gupta. Mrs. Gupta teaches them tapping outdoors on school grounds, as the children are still in the midst of a worldwide pandemic.
Omari uses tapping for his sadness after hearing his parents argue and Molly uses tapping to help calm her nerves when getting up in front of the class for Show and Tell. This fun yet practical book will have your children smiling and learning this wonderful technique while simultaneously being entertained through Molly and Omari’s adventures.
Bonus: The last chapter in Molly and Omari Learn Tapping speaks to the reader directly, encouraging them by stating how many words and chapters they just lsitened to, thereby increasing metacognition, boosting confidence, and contributing to social and emotional well-being.
Recommended by teachers for teaching SEL (social-emotional learning), skills for coping with anxiety, socialization, behavior management, getting along with others, sharing, cooperative learning, and problem-solving. Realistic fiction. Grade levels: first through third. Fountas and Pinnell Reading Levels L-N.
If you love this book, check out the others in the Molly and Omari series!
"The vocabulary and storyline in this book are excellent! I can think of several ways to incorporate this book into my daily lessons, from learning to read, spell and define vocabulary, to utilizing as a companion text for lessons on science and social-emotional learning. In the midst of this pandemic of 2020, nothing could be more valuable and right on target than a story that informs and equips children with the tools to keep themselves centered, relaxed and calm through yoga. I highly recommend this book!
I read Molly and Omari Learn Yoga to my 2nd grade class. My class right now is hybrid (half at home and half in front of me). Both groups enjoyed the story and tried out the poses as I read the description that Molly & Omari followed. I was surprised by the background knowledge many had of the different yoga poses. The story had a very calming flow to it. I read it at the end of the day but I easily see it being a story to read after recess to calm and refocus students. I asked my students their favorite part and they shared that they liked the characters and the yoga pose but everyone agreed that their most favorite part was when the author spoke to them after the story was finished. They had never read/listened to a story where the author spoke directly to them and they were charmed by it. I highly recommend this book.
2nd Grade Teacher
Loved the characters, the story, the vocabulary, and the colorful illustrations which show kids simple yoga poses in an understandable and approachable way. Kids will look forward to following Molly and Omari’s future adventures!
I am a great grandmother and i bought the book thinking that my grandkids could read it to their kids. I really believe that yoga is a great way to deal with anxiety, especially in young children who do not typically have coping mechanisms yet. Starting at a young age could help in their future. This book with very well written and presented in such a fun way to keep children engaged, while learning ways to work through anxiety. Wish i could give this more than 5 stars!!
Absolutely loved this book and so did my son! It's very important to teach young children coping and calming techniques, especially now during the pandemic.
So happy with this purchase!
Average rating from 14 members
This is a wonderful book, which my daughter and I both loved. The book is about a boy called Omari and a girl called Molly, who learn how to do tapping after their school teacher Mrs Gupta show them how to do it. They learn that they can tap on parts of their bodies, in order to help release strong emotions, such as anger, sadness, guilt, shyness, anxiety etc. This is a great tool, which can help children worldwide, and so, this is an important book to get out into the world at this time. It would be a great book to have in all homes, schools, nurseries and libraries.
The audiobook narrator was fantastic and she had a really lovely, soothing and calming voice.
This is an amazing book, which is excellent and highly recommended.
This book is the second of a series of twelve books, of which the first book: Molly and Omari Learn Yoga is also available. I am really excited to read the third book when it comes out!
Many thanks to the author, narrator, publisher and NetGalley for a copy of this book.
Prior to reading this I had no idea what tapping was. It was really cool to hear it described by the characters in this book in a way that is accessible to children. I like that they tackled some of the hard current events but kept the overall atmosphere of the book positive. I think this is an excellent resource for parents and children to connect over ways to reduce their anxiety in difficult circumstances.
Covers many different important lessons besides EFT
I love seeing EFT being addressed at a young reader level. With the increase in anxiety related issues in children since the pandemic this is such a fabulous tool to help introduce young kids to for their mental-emotional wellbeing.
The explanation was well explained as part of the story.
Other important aspects incorporated into the story are:
1. Multiculturalism- a good mix of different cultures, traditional clothing, traditions ( like yoga & reiki ) and names.
2. Complicated concepts associated with stress related appropriately. Kids understanding “fight or flight” at a young age along with being able to recognize how it feels in the body is huge.
3. Being exposed to traditional Chinese Medicine and concepts of meridians and acupressure.
4. Vocabulary words that are challenging and also teaching children body awareness.
5. Website with visuals for audiobook readers or just practice.
6. Pandemic and associated challenges of masks and various school adjustments addressed.
7. Discussions of fears and anxiety in a safe and open environment. The more talking about feelings becomes seen as normal, the easier it will be for kids to feel heard and valued.
As an acupuncturist, I find EFT an excellent tool to teach clients for self care. This book is a great resource for young clients and something parents can share with their kids as well.
Book courtesy of NetGalley
Thank you NetGalley and BooksGoSocial Audio for accepting my request to audibly read and review Molly and Omari Learn Tapping.
Author: Patricia Brogdon
Narrator: Laura Lockwood
Genre: Children's Fiction -- Health, Mind & Body
Tapping is Emotional Freedom Technique. The teacher in the story explains to her young class that they can bring their stress down by tapping on different parts of their body while saying aloud a phrase. She encourages the tapping when parents argue, they get scared, etc.
During the audiobook after the teacher demonstrates the tapping, audible readers are directed to a website for each demonstration. While I understand this is for young children, the repetitive nature was grating on my nerves. This went on for what seemed 5 minutes. The teacher spoke, the kids repeated, the listener was advised of the website. It was a continuous loop. Definite nervosing trigger warning.
There are benefits to the tapping, and the child is encouraged not to give up. Some problems may need to be tapped several times.
With the book, parental patience and guidance, this is a clever tool.
The narrator had a smoothing yet teacher voice, and I couldn't imagine anyone better.
I do find this giftable.