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No Ordinary Pizza

A Story about Interconnection

Illustrated by Philip Pascuzzo
Published by Wisdom Publications
Distributed by Simon & Schuster
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About The Book

This is no ordinary pizza! Join Elliot and his friends as they make a pizza unlike any they’ve tasted before, and then learn how they’re actually eating a meal with the whole planet!

Elliot and his friends celebrate the last day of school, but this is not your average pizza party. His caregiver Carmen shows them how to slow down and mindfully eat the pizza they’ve made, and in doing so, taste a pizza like none they’ve ever had before. The kids are amazed to see how each and every ingredient connects them to the whole planet—a joyful web of farmers, bees, cows, and sunshine.

In this follow-up to the popular No Ordinary Apple: A Story About Eating Mindfully, children will encounter not only a yummy way to be calm and present, but a fun new way to cultivate compassion and gratitude for everyone and everything we are connected to—through the very food we eat!

About The Author

Sara Marlowe is a clinical social worker, mindful self-compassion teacher, singer-songwriter and foodie. She lives in Toronto with her partner, son, daughter and orange cat.

About The Illustrator

Philip Pascuzzo is an artist and designer living in Albany, New York. He's designed countless book covers, and provided illustrations for No Ordinary Apple.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications (April 12, 2022)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781614297062
  • Ages: 4 - 10

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Raves and Reviews

No Ordinary Pizza is a fun book with diverse characters and a story that is told in a way that brings mindfulness to life! It is a brightly illustrated story for children about the interconnectedness of the world. A gift for any age!”

– —Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Change

“Sara Marlowe has managed to create an even more inspiring and fun book about mindful eating than her last, this time playfully exploring our interconnection with each other and the planet.”

– —Christopher Willard, author of Alphabreaths and Growing Up Mindful

“This book is absolutely delicious! What better way to teach mindfulness and the wisdom of interdependence than with a piece of pizza? Pure fun. Now I want to go out and buy pizza for every kid I know.”

– —Chris Germer, PhD, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion

No Ordinary Pizza beautifully conveys how we’re interconnected with our food, each other, and the earth through a delicious and delightful story. Excellent, inclusive storyline with bright, creative illustrations. Might make you hungry.”

– —Sumi Loundon Kim, Buddhist chaplain at Yale University and author of Sitting Together: A Family-Centered Curriculum on Mindfulness, Meditation, and Buddhist Teachings

“Sara Marlowe is no ordinary children’s book writer. In her new book, Sara offers a fun, engaging, and deceptively simple way to lead children in a delicious mindfulness exercise—one that starts with eating pizza and ends exploring the many ways that all things are connected.”

– —Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of The Mindful Child and Mindful Games; cofounder of Inner Kids

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