The Lion in Me (Hardcover)

By Andrew Jordan Nance, Jim Durk (Illustrator)

Plum Blossom, 9781946764416, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 17, 2019

List Price: 16.95*
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"When I feel anger start to roar, I take a deep breath and count to four..."

In the latest picture book from educator Andrew Nance, author of the bestselling Puppy Mind, a young boy learns to calm his ferocious anger. Using deep breaths, the lion inside—his growling anger—can be tamed. Written in a rhyming style that will be fun for the whole family, this is the perfect book to introduce basic mindfulness practices for emotional regulation to children. 

With illustrations by Jim Durk, whose work includes Puppy Mind and many of the Clifford the Big Red Dog and Thomas the Steam Engine books.

About the Author

Andrew Jordan Nance, the author of Puppy Mind, The Lion in Me, and Mindful Arts in the Classroom, has been an educator since 1991. He is the founder of Mindful Arts San Francisco, whose mission is to provide volunteer mindful educators to teach at underserved San Francisco Schools. Nance is also an award-winning actor and director. For almost thirty years he taught performing arts to students from diverse backgrounds, and for eighteen years he was the Conservatory Director at San Francisco's New Conservatory Theatre Center. Andrew Jordan Nance lives in San Francisco.

Jim Durk has over thirty 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.

Praise For The Lion in Me

"This charming and contemporary story about the transformation of anger to sweetness is appropriate for everyone between three and 103 years old. Its message is ageless."
—Sylvia Boorstein, Co-founding teacher Spirit Rock Meditation Center and author of Happiness is an Inside Job

"The Lion in Me celebrates a child’s growing mastery of his anger through mindful awareness. Jim Durk’s wonderful illustrations add depth to the story in subtle, whimsical ways. A delightful contribution to the literature on children’s emotion regulation."
—Deborah Sosin, LICSW, author of Charlotte and the Quiet Place