Tomorrow Girl is a quirky tale delivering a timely reminder about the importance of mindfulness and what can happen when we allow ourselves time to slow down…
Slow down Tomorrow..
“When Tomorrow was a baby, she ran before she could walk. ‘Slow down, Tomorrow,’ said her mother. ‘You’ll fall.’ But Tomorrow kept running.
She ran to kindergarten. ‘Hurry Mama, I don’t want to miss out,’ said Tomorrow.
She ran to school. ‘Quick Mama, I don’t want to be late,’ said Tomorrow.
‘You’ll catch up with the next day if you keep rushing,’ said Tomorrow’s mother.”
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Tomorrow rushes through life and is always onto the next thing.
Yesterday dwells on the things that went wrong in the past and is too frightened to try again.
Today stops to look at the world around them and enjoy the things that are happening right now.
Today sees so many beautiful things that Tomorrow has never noticed as she rushed by – maybe she should slow down after all?
Themes of mindfulness, worry, friendship, connection and slowing down are topical, as anxiety spikes among primary-school-aged children.
Tomorrow Girl is a timely tale, as more and more people begin to rush through life, causing our kids to forget how they can live in the moment.
Teacher’s Notes are available here
Vikki Conley is a children’s author, book reviewer and intrepid adventurer. She began writing as a child, creating handcrafted books. She has worked as a professional writer/communicator for two decades across three continents. During 10 years working for World Vision, Vikki interviewed many families and children who shared extraordinary stories. She delivered readers to children in Somalia who had never seen a book. Vikki lives in a house built largely of recycled materials in Victoria, Australia. She is the author of Ella and Mrs Gooseberry (EK Books).
Penelope Pratley has been mucking about with paint since she was a small girl. With a Bachelor of Fine Art and a Bachelor of Teaching, she has taught art from preschool to high school. She now works from her home studio as an illustrator, tutoring aspiring artists, and producing and selling her work under the business name Penelope’s Nest. Penelope is passionate about providing children with the skill set to successfully use different art mediums at an early age, enabling them to see and interpret their environment creatively. She is the illustrator of The Art Garden (EK Books) and Ella and Mrs Gooseberry (EK Books).
The Daily Telegraph
” A gentle introduction to mindfulness for young readers”
Kids Books NZ
Tomorrow Girl will be a great resource for homes and learning environments. There is currently a trend toward the teaching of mindfulness in schools, and this book will be helpful in that environment.
Buzz Words Magazine
“Tomorrow Girl: A Tale of Mindfulness will gently encourage children to slow down and find magic in their everyday. It is a clever and sophisticated picture book.” Click here for the full review.
Children’s Books Daily
“Tomorrow Girl is the perfect book to kickstart discussions about mindfulness and slowing down to appreciate the wonder around us. A truly magical (and mindful) find for my school and home library.” Click here for the full review.
Blue Wolf Reviews
“Tomorrow Girl is an interesting way to focus on being in the moment and appreciating people and places around you. The story and illustrations are calming and enjoyable.” Click here for the full review.
Dr Tanya McDonnaugh founder of TMC Psychology writing for Motherdom
“With so many sources of potential anxiety for our little ones at the moment, it is easy for children to get caught up in thinking about where they need to get to, things that have not gone to plan in the past, or worries about what the future holds. This book is a wonderful introduction to the therapeutic benefits of stopping to notice the beauty that is around you, of acknowledging your past and considering your future, but also taking pleasure in the here and now.” Click here for the full review.
“Teachers and parents can not only open discussions with the little people in their lives about slowing down and just being but can also think about their own lives and how busy we often make them unnecessarily.” Click here for the full review.
All The Mummery
“A wonderful story about the importance of enjoying every moment.”
One More Page Podcast (starts at 24 mins)
“Beautifully done … a great introduction to the concept of mindfulness.” Click here to listen.
“This charming book echoes the tradition of fables; good lessons learned by engaging characters who discover something new by chance – an awakening.” Click here for the full review.
What book next?
“Tomorrow hardly sees a thing, rushing here and there. Yesterday is stuck in the anxiety of past mishaps and things gone wrong, too scared to move beyond them. Today will sit and watch tadpoles, lie in the grass to watch clouds or sit in a tree – quiet, still, seeing and appreciating the day he is in.
Mindfulness is a skill to be learnt and cherished so we don’t miss the important things in life. Nature, a smile or a new friendship. Loved it.” Click here for the full review.
Linda’s Book Bag
“Tomorrow Girl is so beautifully produced with excellent balance of white space, gorgeous images and text that affords the opportunity for home, classroom or independent reading. … Tomorrow Girl is an important message, sensitively told.” Click here for the full review.
What book next?
“A clever story showing three different children and the way they see the world around them.” Click here for the full review.
“Through the whimsical and short text and the lovingly depicted and dreamy illustrations, this book really hones in on the free time to play and to ‘just be’ that we get in childhood.” Click here for the full review.