THE ICE VEIL TALES, Vol. One is a training manual for a new generation of Peace Warriors. It shows kids how to take responsibility for their own happiness and self-respect.
Pre-latency children (6-8 years old) are in an age of innocence. They are still closely connected to their innate peace, joy and wisdom. They are also vulnerable to bullies.
THE ICE VEIL TALES, Vol. One is a series of 12 fantasy/adventures about Kiki, a young girl from a harshly judgmental and economically stressed family. Living in scarcity or Scare City has imprisoned her heart in a tightly tangled web of hurt feelings.
While skating in Central Park she spins into another universe where the Emperor of Dark Chocolitz, a master of misery, is on a mission to steal everyone's joy. Only one girl stands in his way. Unbeknownst to Kiki, she is the "girl."
Throughout the stories she is attacked by gangsters, pranksters, monsters and other assorted bullies. Their disrespect wounds her. But she quickly recovers and outwits them when she remembers to "inhale, exhale and trust the ice veil." This rhyme is based on a scientifically-proven Mindfulness deep breathing technique.
"The Ice Veil" refers to the cooling sensation of oxygen floating from the air into her body. Focusing on its inner flow relaxes muscular tension, releases constricted blood vessels and re-connects her to positive feelings of peace, wisdom and joy.
Trusting the ice veil is challenging because Kiki habitually thinks like a victim. When she remembers to follow the flow, she becomes calm, thinks clearly, makes smart decisions, and moves forward feeling like a victor.
Please use THE ICE VEIL TALES, Vol. One audio-book with "BLOOM, A Reader's Guide." The interactive exercises can help heal your children's unspoken hurt feelings. Also a puppet show video of Book One will help them visualize the characters. Both are FREE at: www.TheIceVeilTales.com.
Being a Peace Warrior takes time and effort but it is a worthy commitment.
©2009 Ora Munter (P)2015 Ora Munter
"This fascinating material imparts wisdom to pre-latency children (5-8 years old). But it speaks to the unconscious, which is quite an achievement." (Dr. Paul Grossman, psychiatrist)
"Fantastic! So creative and what a wonderful way to educate kids about Mindfulness. I was so impressed I shared The Ice Veil Tales with several colleagues. And they all agreed!" (Danise Lehrer, L.Ac., L.C.S.W. Instructor of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy)
"The Ice Veil Tales teach children an essential truth: that you can manage your emotions and stay centered even in difficult situations. Bravo to Munter for bringing this message for kids in such a compelling and creative way!" (Cedar Koons, MSW, LISW)
This set of stories was supposed to somehow help children find their "inner sense", yet it created a trail of confusing characters, an empty moral lesson, and cutesy writing that sometime rhymed. "Inhale, exhale, and trust in the ice veil" was the mantra. The characters never solved their own problems; they were just magically fixed after breathing and believing in some sort of symbol. Was this a religious story? The first couple of times it happened in the story, I just assumed the author was building the mechanics of the theme. By the third time, I realized it was a vapid mantra woven in to a story that held about as much water as the ice veil. The great finale of the girl somehow pulling herself out of a hypothermia induced coma was laughable. My child's favorite part was, "chocolate. I want to eat chocolate."
The cute character names were a distraction and the story flowed poorly. Perhaps the written/illustrated version flows better. My child kept asking me who was a character that suddenly popped in to the story. Also, the theme to mindfulness just fell short.
Considering how mind numbing the story was, the reader did an excellent job.
I definitely would have cut out the whole last section where the mom wants to kill her daughter. How did the story go from ice-cream themed characters flying through space to a mother wanting her daughter to die because she wasn't pretty enough?
I thought my 6 year would enjoy hearing a good story about believing in oneself and having kindness and respect for others. Instead, we went through what felt liked some sort of drug induced adventure. I could not wait for the story to end.
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