Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Review & Sneak Peek: Rachel's Day in the Garden by Giselle Shardlow!

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

About the Book:

Experience the benefits of yoga while learning about the signs of spring!
Join Rachel as she and her adorable puppy look for signs of spring in the garden. Crawl like a caterpillar, buzz like a bee, and flutter like a butterfly. Discover spring, explore movement, and learn the colors of the rainbow.

The storybook includes a list of kids yoga poses and a parent-teacher guide.

Kids Yoga Stories introduce you to engaging characters who will get your child laughing, moving, and creating. Reading is good for the mind AND body! The story links several yoga poses in a specific sequence to create a coherent and meaningful story.

This spring yoga story for ages 3 to 6 is more than a storybook, but it’s also a unique experience for children. Rachel's Day in the Garden is the first book in a seasonal yoga book series. The summer yoga book is also now available: Ella's Summer Fun. The fall and winter ones are in production, coming soon!

Sneak Peek!:

Get it here!:

Amazon | Book Website

About the Author:

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.


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