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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Anna and Her Rainbow Colored Yoga Mats and Sophia's Jungle Adventure Yoga Book Reviews

Make sure you enter the Earth Day Giveaway we are co-hosting!! You have until midnight Tuesday EDT.

 Disclosure: Kid Yoga Stories gave me a copies of these books free of charge to review. All opinions in my review are my own, and I did not receive any other compensation. As in all my reviews I am providing links for your ease, but receive no compensation.

Have you tried yoga with your children yet? Hazel loves it--though we do not do it often. We have had the pleasure of reviewing three of Giselle Shardlow's books and Hazel loves them all. Thus far we have reviewed The ABC's of Australian Animals, Luke's Beach Day, and Hello Bali! Today we are sharing two more. It was a beautiful day here finally so we tried some yoga outside! The first book is Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats by Giselle Shardlow and illustrated by Paul Wrangles. (Please note that the photos are of Hazel attempting to copy the pose in the books. They are not all correct, but she is on her way to getting them.)



http://www.kidsyogastories.com/product/anna-and-her-rainbow-colored-yoga-mats

This book is different from Giselle's other books. It has more of a story with the yoga fitting into the story. The main character, Anna, is a young girl who has a hearing disability. Starting a new school is always tough and even tougher when you have a disability. Anna keeps true to herself and practices yoga during recess. Soon she meets a boy with a similar hearing issue. He teaches Anna how to read lips and she teaches him yoga. I love how Anna uses the yoga as a way to imagine traveling the world. One day she pretends to be on a farm and does poses like kicking like a horse and ...
Kicking like a Horse
 waddling like a duck.
 
Waddling like a Duck

 Another day she  travels to the desert and does a pyramid pose and...
 
Pyramid Pose

 a camel pose.
 
Camel Pose

A different day she pretends to sway in the wind like a palm tree and  ...
 
Tree Pose

 slithered like a snake with the snake pose.
 
Snake Pose

 Hazel loved this book!! Between the rainbow mats and the story Hazel really enjoyed it. In fact when we started reading the second one she let me know she enjoyed this one. 

http://www.kidsyogastories.com/product/sophias-jungle-adventure/

The second book is Sophia's Jungle Adventure by Giselle Shardlow and illustrated by Emily Gedzyk.  This book tells the story of the adventure of Sophia and her family on their trip to Costa Rica. From the airplane trip to exploring the jungle, Sophia does a yoga pose to represent the various things they see, do and experience. At the end of the book there is a list of the various poses in the book as well as a picture of the pose and the keyword it was used with. Hazel tried many of these poses out and loved them as well. We did however discover that her clothes were not the best choice for doing yoga. She had a lot of trouble squatting for the monkey. It is a wonderful way to look at the jungle of Costa Rica and give your children some movement during the story.

 This fun book is one of the prizes for the Earth Day Giveaway. Giselle actually coordinated the giveaway. The giveaway is open for entries until midnight Tuesday EDT. I hope you will enter to win one of the three prize packs. It has a total of 22 items being given away from books, CDs and more.