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Puppy Mind

Puppy Mind

Illustrated by Jim Durk


Puppy Mind

About the Book

In this picture book for children and adults, illustrated by Jim Durk, who is adored by thousands of children for his many Clifford the Big Red Dog and Thomas the Steam Engine books, a young boy discovers his mind is like a puppy, always wandering away, into the past or the future. He sets about learning to train his puppy mind to heel to the present moment. Through remembering to breathe, the boy becomes a stronger and more caring master of his puppy mind, keeping it in the present, if only for a moment. Includes a link to a discussion guide for parents and teachers.

Product Details

On sale: September 13, 2016
Age: 3-7 years
Grade: Preschool - 2
Page count: 32 Pages
ISBN: 9781941529447
Reading level: Lexile: 820L

Author Bio

Andrew Jordan Nance has been an educator for 30 years. He is the founder of Mindful Arts San Francisco, whose mission is to provide volunteer educators to teach at underserved San Francisco Schools. Nance is also an award–winning actor and director who taught performing arts to students from diverse backgrounds as the Conservatory Director at San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theatre Center for 18 years. He is on the board of several educational nonprofit organizations including the Mindful Life Project in Richmond, California and Arts Ed Matters, a California–based arts–integration organization. Andrew Jordan Nance lives in San Francisco.

Illustrator Jim Durk has over 30 years of experience working on children’s books. He’s drawn iconic characters including Clifford the Big Red Dog, Thomas the Tank Engine, The Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys, and many more. He received a BFA from Ohio University in 1983 and currently lives in Bay Village, Ohio.


"What a lovely way for children to learn the heeling/healing potential of paying careful attention." —Sylvia Boorstein, cofounding teacher, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and coauthor of Solid Ground: Buddhist Wisdom in Difficult Times