Being A Dog: A Tail Of Mindfulness

Being A Dog: A Tail Of Mindfulness

By Maria Gianferrari

Illustrated by Pete Oswald

Picture Book

40 Pages

Ages 4-8



Simply be like a dog with this irresistible picture book by beloved author Maria Gianferrari and illustrated by #1 New York Times bestselling artist Pete Oswald that introduces readers to mindfulness.

Join a young child and their dog as they experience every minute of the day to its fullest—from the second they wake up to the moment they fall asleep. Readers will love barking, wagging, and sniffing along with the gentle cues in the book. Interactive backmatter includes prompts for a mindfulness walk that engages all five senses as well as a guided breathing exercise.

My Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The truth behind this book was mind blowing. Have you ever taken the time to just watch a day in the life of a dog? They are totally in each moment – making use of each of their senses at the appropriate times. We could learn a lot from watching. Living in each moment, taking time to enjoy all the senses going on in each moment. Mindfulness is a great way to keep your mind fresh and learning how to enjoy life. A wonderful way to teach this to children with a exercise in the back to learn how to breathe. It’s never too early to teach our kids how to be mindful. The cutest illustrations paired with the story bring the book to life.

The Author & Illustrator

Maria Gianferrari and her rescue dog, Maple, play race-and-chase in Massachusetts, rain or shine. She’s the author of Being a Dog: A Tail of Mindfulness and these other pawsome dog “tails”: the Penny & Jelly books, Hello Goodbye Dog, Operation Rescue Dog, and To Dogs with Love. Can you tell that Maria loves dogs? Writing Being a Dog helped Maria feel joy again after losing her rescue dog, Becca. You can learn more about Maria at her website,

Pete Oswald is an LA-based artist, kid lit author/illustrator, and production designer. He is the co-creator of Mingo the Flamingo, published in 2017 by HarperCollins. Pete is also the illustrator of The Bad Seed, by Jory John. When Pete is not working on books he is helping to uplift many of the most successful animated franchises as a character designer, concept artist, and production designer. Pete lives in Santa Monica, California, with his wife and two sons.

Huge thanks to the wonderful people at Harper Collins Kids for my gifted copy. To grab one for your home or school click the link below!

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