Title: Rachel's Day in the Garden (A Kids Yoga Spring Colors Book)
Author: Giselle Shardlow
Illustrator: Hazel Quintanilla
Format: Paperback, 34 pages
Pub. Date: December 23, 2014
Publisher: Kids Yoga Stories
Recommended Age: 3 to 6 years
Source: Mother & Daughter Book Reviews
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Giselle Shardlow is the author of Kids Yoga Stories. Her yoga stories for kids get children learning, moving, and having fun. Giselle draws from her experiences as a teacher, traveler, yogi, and mom to write the stories. She can be found at the Kids Yoga Stories website or her Amazon author page.
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First of all, I have to say how much I absolutely love this idea. I'm a big fan of yoga myself and I think it's great that there exists a picture book series for young kids (and adults too!) to get started practicing it at a young age while maintaining a fun and safe atmosphere. This isn't a book I'd ever noticed missing in my life, but I can say that now that I know it exists, it's one that I'd definitely recommend to my parent friends and relatives who have small children.
Let's start with the fundamentals: this is a practical but easy to use book from an adult standpoint. At the end of the book, there's a little guide that goes into a bit more depth about how each of the poses demonstrated throughout the story should be done, as well as tips for staying safe while doing them, breathing control, and communication with the kids.
Now for the story part of the book. What's most striking to me about this book is the illustrations. They are simply stunning. They have bright, vivid colors that are perfect for springtime, and have this cool textured/layered look to them that I really enjoy. The illustrations of Rachel serve duel purposes. First, they highlight the story of Rachel's lovely spring day in the garden with her dog. Also, each time that Rachel is on the page, she is in a new yoga position. On each of these new pages, there is a bubble with the name of the pose as well as a highlighted word in the sentence of the story that best represents that pose. That key word is also correspondent to a color (like the yellow sun). It's a really simple book on the surface, but it teaches so much in a small space. It encourages fitness, imagination, and relaxation while simultaneously teaching the child about yoga and colors while also entertaining them with a story about a bright spring day. It's a pretty neat idea that is really well done, in my opinion.
This is a book that I think any yogi, fitness fan, or even parent of a young child would definitely benefit from reading. This is, from my gathered knowledge, the first book of a series with each book representing a different season. I would definitely read more from Giselle Shardlow and can't wait to see the illustrations and poses in the next book.
A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review.