Femi and The Mindfulness Machine
by Flo Fielding
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Pub Date 03 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 28 Nov 2023
DK, DK Children
Meet Femi, a hardworking little boy whose nerves can sometimes get the better of him. One evening, Femi is showing his Grandma the wind machine he has built, but when it doesn’t work his tummy flutters and his legs start to wobble. What if his project doesn’t work on the day? What if his teacher doesn’t like it?
Children commonly experience anxiousness. Made in collaboration with Woke Babies, this book aims to normalize this feeling of worry and provide children with a technique to combat it. With vivid illustrations accompanying the inspiring story, this picture book is ideal for children aged 3-5 and will subtly teach them about science and mindfulness.
This encouraging STEM book for children offers:
- Material that’s made in collaboration with both educational and STEM consultants to ensure that it’s accurate.
- A beautifully illustrated story that gently teaches mindfulness and STEM to its young readers.
- Content made by people of color and a black protagonist in the book, as it is important for children to relate to characters in books.
Whether you are looking for a heart-warming story with inspiring characters, or a gift for a little one, Femi and the Mindfulness Machine will make the perfect addition to any child’s bookshelf.
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Average rating from 16 members
Femi is getting ready for the science fair. He has made a wind machine that takes the air and a windmill and generates the energy to lift up a cup. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. He is nervous about the science fair, and his grandmother gives him some bubbles to help him remember to breathe. It will calm his nerves.
When the machine doesn't work at school, Femi and some of his other classmates get nervous about their projects, and they break out the bubbles. The bubbles help Femi's machine work! This is a wonderful story about dealing with and overcoming anxiety, realizing that others face anxiety too, and includes a fun STEM project. These is a great book for kids with lots of different interests. It was wonderful to see all the kids together actually making it work. Lovely illustrations, too. Team work makes the dream work! ❤️
Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this advanced review copy (ARC) in exchange for my honest review on the book!
Femi is a young boy that experiences anxious thoughts surrounding his science fair project. He has created a wind machine, but unfortunately, it doesn't always work. This stresses him until he learns about mindfulness from his grandmother over a cup of her specially-made hot chocolate. She teaches him the importance of slowing down and using breathing techniques, and he is shocked that it helps a little. At the science fair, he even uses his newfound skills to help quell his classmates' worries and is amazed when they collectively get the machine to work!
This is one of the most beautifully illustrated books I've seen in a long time. The images are all vivid, and the backgrounds are cozy. This book would be a great introduction to anxiety and anxious thoughts and how to manage them. The introduction to STEM skills is also a great way to get littles interested in the concept of science at a young age. All in all, I highly recommend this book.
This book was absolutely adorable, and I loved the life lesson it taught! learnung to work together and ask for help us a very important skill.
There’s so much to admire in this children’s book: success at the school science fair, diverse people with black main characters who save the day, and a lesson on dealing with anxious feelings. I did have to look up where that unfamiliar name Femi came from, though. It’s a unisex name from Nigeria which means “love me”.
I love a children’s book and this one is super cute. It would be appropriate and inspiring for the child in your life in either a classroom or home setting. This book also teaches some coping strategies to increase mindfulness and manage anxiety! Love it!
A cute book that teaches children the concept of mindfulness. Femi is really nervous about his science fair project, but his grandma teaches him about mindfulness and about how you do things matters. This was a cute book that I thought had a great message!
This was a great story for school age children! A wonderful lesson that can be used anywhere in their life. The artwork is simply amazing! So detailed
I read this with my 7 year old and we both absolutely adored it. The concept of learning mindfulness and deep breathing was so present, but written in an entertaining way that my kiddo didn’t feel like she was learning. And I didn’t find it too overwhelming or complicated. The main “hidden” concept was relatable and showcased in an easy, func eye catching story. The illustrations were beautifully done, and helped keep attention as the story went on.
Thanks to Netgalley and DK for the ARC of this magnificent mindfulness book!
My kids are so hesitant to approach mindfulness techniques, so I keep trying to introduce them with picture books. This one was lovely; from the diversity of the characters to the message of mindfulness to the illustrations. I think it did a great job of introducing a way to calm down when you are anxious, to work with friends, and to slow down.