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Finding Om

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  83 reviews
Finding Om is an illustrated children's book that shares the story of Anu, an Indian African girl who explores the mantra Om with her beloved grandfather, Appuppa. Through this story, she begins to uncover techniques of mindfulness that readers can explore along with her. This wonderful multicultural, intergenerational story is sure to become a staple in classrooms and hom ...more
ebook, 38 pages
Published May 12th 2020 by Mango and marigold press
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Ciera ( bubblynbookish )
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was so cute!!! I learned a lot and it makes me love picture books even more, they're for everyone! The glossary in the back was helpful but I also really liked explanations in the beginning and throughout the story. This book is definitely for families who practice yoga or for kids who want to learn about meditation and finding peace. I will share this book at our library as soon as it hits our shelves. I love the illustrations as well! Beautiful! ...more
La Coccinelle
Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: children, arc, netgalley
Sometimes I wonder if picture-book authors really understand children at all...

Finding Om is a simple explanation of mindfulness and meditation using the Om mantra. Anu learns about Om from her grandfather, Appuppa. Then she goes on to practice, eventually finding peace within herself.

What I'm struggling with are two things. First, Anu is depicted fairly unrealistically. After learning about Om, she struggles to maintain focus... until she obsessively starts chanting while letting the world go o
Producervan in Cornville, AZ from New Orleans & L.A.
Finding Om by Rashmi S. Bismark, M.D., M.P.H. Illustrated by Morgan Hull. Mango and Marigold Press. Children’s Fiction. Multicultural Interest. Publication date set for 12 May 2020. ISBN: 9781645433873. 5 Stars.

The first thing that struck me about this book is what gorgeous illustrations Finding Om has! Chanting the OM with meditation for kids and its effects is a journey of self-discovery as we follow a little Indian-African girl and her meditating Grandpa, her “Appuppa”. This is a unique read
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really adorable and LOVE the way meditation (and "om") is depicted. I am so happy books like this exist for the South Asian community! ...more
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Finding Om by Rashmi S. Bismark is the kind of book that every little library should have. It is a wonderful multigenerational and multicultural story that is perfect for teaching your children about diversity and that not everybody is the same as them. They can see a family from a different country as well as a different religion. The illustrations are truly stunning. I cannot think of many children's books that are this beautiful. ...more
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
When Anu asks her Appuppa why he keeps saying "um", she doesn't realise that she is about to embark on a journey of self-discovery.

Through this gorgeously drawn book, children can explore meditation and mindfulness by following along with Anu's journey. The story is soothing and gentle, encouraging the reader to try exploring the power of om without feeling as though it is pushing an ideological agenda.

A great book!
Finding Om is a beautifully illustrated picture book about meditation. A lesson both parents and children can learn from as meditation and mindfulness is so hopeful, especially in these times where we are self-isolating. I really enjoyed it and hope that everyone who picks it up will find their OM
Desca Ang
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rashmi-s-bismark
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DISCLAIMER: The book is given by NetGalley, the author and the publisher in exchange of an honest review. All the review written is not related to any personal issues or connection.

TRIGGER: This is a sweet graphic children book. The story is beautifully told in wonderful illustration.

Finding Om tells about the story of an Indian African girl Anu who learns a valuable lesson from Appuppa, her beloved grandfather. The lesson is nothing but "Om." Anu is at first curious why her Appuppa keeps say
ev 🌻
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was super sweet! As a teacher I would read this book to kids in my class. It offered a nice introduction to OM and meditation in the real world, from a kids perspective. I loved the illustrations, the explanations and the glossary. It was a very sweet, family oriented story. My only concern would be really young students or children understanding the concept, they do find very relatable examples but it is definitely a story that would have to be repeated and practiced.

Thanks to NetGall
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
I freely admit, I wasn't sure of this book. The description of the book and the cover image interested me, but the first few pages of questions and answers between grandfather and child seemed a bit condescending. I did find that as I finished the book it was better than the beginning. I think the mindfulness techniques would sink in with more thoughtful children. Possibly a read aloud for a class talking about mindfulness or a small group of children learning yoga. ...more
Reilly Erin
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-lit-read
This is a great book for teachers and parents to share with their kids! The author does an excellent job of explaining meditation mantras in kid friendly terms. I especially appreciated the author addressing how minds can wander, but OM can help to refocus. This book will help children seeking peace and looking for ways to find calmness in life. An excellent addition to any social emotional learning curriculum!
Chantal Aurora
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was so adorable. The illustrations were so beautiful I was in awe the whole time. I loved that this was about a little girl discovering mediation and bonding with her grandpa. This was so wonderful to read, I loved every part.
J.D. DeHart
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Finding Om is a rich, beautiful, and engaging narrative -- ready to be read and appreciated at any age. Rashmi S. Mismark is clearly a talent and offers an eye-catching book for us to enjoy.
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was an informative look into the practice of meditation and breaks down the principles using easy to understand prose and beautiful illustrations!
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a wise and unique book, full of inspiration.
I like how the concept of mindfulness and meditation is presented to children. The illustrations are really cute and I love the bright color palette.
I hope it will be published also in Italy.

Thanks to Netgalley and publisher for providing me a free copy of the book in exchange for a honest review.
Amber Slagle
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this book with my six year old daughter. We loved this book. The pictures and the story were adorable, vibrant and sweet.

This book does a great job explaining meditation. Anu learns what a mantra is and what Om is.

This would be a great book for classrooms to discuss how to calm down, mediate and reflect on the world around them. I definitely could use this technique myself to stay calm while quarantined with two daughters who are currently being homeschooled. Yikes!

Thanks Netgalley and t
Jessica Gard
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
What a wonderful children's book! Finding Om teaches the basics behind meditation and awareness in a simple way that allows children to understand one of the oldest practices in most western religions. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this to my stepdaughter, as she is five and already finding her own love of yoga. I also loved the diversity that this book allowed me to share with her. Beautifully illustrated and wonderfully executed, Finding Om was an absolute pleasure to read. ...more
*Acquired through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

This was really sweet! I've never really been into meditation or anything along those lines, but this was really interesting. It was explained in an easy way, so children would also be able to understand it, and I liked it like that. It's opened my mind to the subject, because I would like to be able to feel like Anu did: relaxed, happy, and capable. So I think I'll research this a little bit more and see what else there is to learn an
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
A lovely book detailing the relationship between a young girl and her grandfather. He teaches his curious granddaughter about his meditation practices and how it can help her feel at peace and connected to nature. Read to children as an illustrated introduction to meditation and mindfulness. I will be added this book to when I next update the page.

Thank you to NetGallery for the preview copy.
Marion Hill
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, 2020-reads
Book covers do matter!

I would have never gotten this book if it was not for the book cover I saw on Instagram a few days ago. The cover of Finding Om by Rashmi Bismark and artwork by Morgan Huff got my attention. I thought it would be a book that my 10 year old daughter would want to read. This book has been targeted for a younger age (5 to 7) than my daughter’s age…I bought the book anyway.

Finding Om chronicles the story of Anu, a half Indian and half African girl who begins to explore mindfuln
Amy Nielander
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This colorful book is filled with curiosity, discovery, joy and peace. I adored the relationship
between Anu and Appuppa (her grandfather) and how he gently helps her find the meaning behind the mantra, OM. This is a fun read for everyone - young and old! It is especially beneficial for those teachers/families trying to help children find ways to focus. The lively details in the charming illustrations make each page pop.
Shauna Morrison
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I requested and received an e-ARC of this book from NetGalley and Mango and Marigold Press in exchange for an honest review.

I do not practice meditation, but I found this book did a great job of explaining meditation, mantras, and OM, I learned a lot throughout this book. This book would be a great way to introduce relaxation and meditation to children. I love the illustrations, the colours are vibrant and muted at the same time, beautiful.

#FindingOm #NetGalley
Jennifer Georges
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic! It is a great book about the meaning of OM. The illustrations are beautiful. I love the information it provides about being one with self and the meaning of OM. I would use this for a cool down or a break to get the students settled. I would also recommend it to the school counselor to help student who may need help with finding their center and relaxing. This is a book i would recommend for k-5 cassrooms.
Thank you netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Beautifully illustrated with a peaceful, kind message. A young girl learns from her Grandpa the importance of a mantra reflection. She incorporates it in her daily life. Awesome to teach kids how to appreciate the sounds around them.
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely adorable! I loved how it teaches kids to find their inner peace and how to explore being present in the moment. It explores what it means to be mindful, how children can explore this from a young age, and how it's okay for your mind to wander but when you notice it, you bring it back to silence. It also shows a family of color which I really loved! ...more
Medeia Sharif
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is centered on a girl who discovers meditation and mindfulness by learning plenty from her grandfather's use of Om. The illustrations are amazing. I've never encountered a picture book like this, so it's definitely unique. I read this via NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher. ...more
Alexander Fernandez
Originally published at Mr. Alex's Bookshelf:

Dr. Bismark’s debut, available for preorder as of the date of this writing, is a solid entry into the world of mindfulness for children.

For an in depth interview with the Author, including her thoughts on the book, head over to Yoga International.

Quick Rating: Buy, With Reservations

Anu discovers the mantra OM and meditation through her relationship with Appuppa (maternal grandfather). She learns about he
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Thanks to NetGalley and Mango and Marigold Press for the digital review copy.

When Anu comes across her beloved grandfather, Appuppa meditating, she asks him if he needs to ask a question, because she keeps hearing him say “Um.” He explains it’s not “Um” he’s saying, but “Om.” He explains to Anu what a mantra is, how it works, and how to use it throughout your life to notice the hum of nature and to feel more at peace. He challenges Anu to try using the mantra, to hold it in her heart, for a week
Kat Caric
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Stars for Finding Om: A needed niche book that fills a demand fairly well, with delightful bright art to accompany.

This is a book needed in the market, a way to explain about mindfulness with a focus on the simple OM syllable as mantra, and to define what is mantra, and what is its purpose.

Yet I am not giving 5 stars because in its attempt to target young children age 5+ (it's stated category, and the art style's successful category targeting) it slightly fails with its verbiage. Instead it re
Jon I.
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an enjoyable and educational story about a little girl's experience of AUM and meditation with her grandfather. I appreciated the intergenerational storyline, cultural context, and the simplicity with which complex concepts around meditation were introduced. My children could easily relate and loved the beautiful illustrations. ...more
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Rashmi S. Bismark, MD, MPH is a physician specialized in Preventive Medicine with expertise from public health, health behavior, lifestyle medicine, and complementary & alternative therapies. Her clinical practice is focused on holistic mindfulness-based interventions tailored to individuals and communities. With over two decades of exploring traditional healing practices from India, including Ayu ...more

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