Breadcrumbs Best Book: Penelope's Superpower by Melinda Cropsey + illustrated by Giada Rose
My goal in writing Penelope’s Superpower was to offer young children a tool for quieting their minds, self-soothing and connecting to the wisdom of their hearts. For some weeks now in the Breadcrumbs BLOGs, I have been highlighting the “rationale” for the simple practices which enable Penelope to connect to The Universal Superpower - LOVE!
Placing your hands on your heart naturally shifts attention from the head to the heart and triggers the body’s relaxation response.
Consciously smiling reinforces core heart feelings and helps reduce stress.
Imagining you are in a place where you feel peaceful and safe enables your body to re-experience those feelings in real time.
Consciously slowed breathing is a universal means of creating calm and inner peace.
By coupling a simple rhyme with Giada’s extraordinary illustrations my hope is to inspire young children to enjoy a playful means of taking time out for time in. By connecting to the heart they come to appreciate their innate, loving predisposition and are able to build a strong social emotional framework around it.