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Animal Asanas: Yoga for Children HAR/PSTR Edition
Contributor(s): Oostendorp, Leila Kadri, Bahia, Elsa Mroziewicz (Illustrator)
ISBN: 3791372750     ISBN-13: 9783791372754
Publisher: Prestel Pub
    OUR PRICE: $15.30  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: April 2017
Annotation: Teaches fourteen introductory yoga poses, illustrated by their animal namesakes, and identifies the benefits of each.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Hatha yoga; Juvenile literature.
Animals; Juvenile literature.
Hatha yoga.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Health & Daily Living | Fitness & Exercise
Dewey: 613.7/046
LCCN: bl2017028547
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 10.25" H x 7.75" W x 0.50" (1.05 lbs) 63 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring)
Fourteen yoga poses are described here, some more commonly seen (e.g., dog, lion) in children's yoga books and others more unusual (e.g., locust, fish). Lovely illustrations and decorated borders accompany each pose, and amusing stick figures help readers understand the step-by-step instructions. The spreads are busy with additional adult-centric text in multiple fonts, but committed yogi parents and caretakers may appreciate the detail. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 April)

Gr 2–5—Fourteen introductory animal asanas, or body positions, to encourage children to practice yoga. Each page contains an illustration of the pose and covers the mental and physical benefits of that particular position, along with tips, step-by-step instructions, and a small stick figure diagram. Each pose has been modified to be child-friendly, and the steps are easy to follow and upbeat. For example, a lion asana invites kids to roar, and the frog pose asks them to jump. Though slim, the book is visually pleasing and features bright illustrations with an emphasis on patterns. However, while the content is intended to get young kids excited about yoga, some of the descriptive language is too sophisticated for the intended audience; kids will likely need adult assistance. A relaxation exercise and suggestions for parents are also offered. VERDICT A colorful and useful tool for caregivers and educators to inspire confidence and self-awareness in elementary schoolers through yoga.—Kathryn Justus, Renbrook School, West Hartford, CT

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.