May 122013
 

Sophia's Jungle Adventure - Giselle ShardlowEnter our contest below to win a copy of Sophia’s Jungle Adventure, a yoga-inspired children’s book by Giselle Shardlow

My Monkey loves to move!  Even when reading or playing a video game, he simply cannot sit still.  On a recent visit, my dad couldn’t stop laughing as he watched Monkey watching a video.  First Monkey was laying on his stomach, then sitting, then hanging over the edge of the couch, then upside down, and so on.  At our preschool playgroup, he is the same way.  He can’t just sit and sing the songs with the other kids.  He has to get up and dance.

So I was thrilled to come across Kids Yoga Stories, the yoga-inspired children’s books by author Giselle Shardlow.  Giselle bases her books on her own experiences as a teacher, traveler, yogi, and mom.  She was kind enough to send us a copy of her wonderful Sofia en una Aventura por la Selva (available in English as Sophia’s Jungle Adventure), and Monkey loved it straightaway.  Finally a book that spoke to the way he likes to read – in motion!

As someone who has always loved yoga, I adore these books because they finally give me a fun, easy way to introduce my son to yoga.  I tried to teach him some movements myself when he was younger, without much success.  And as my own yoga practice has fallen by the wayside, so has my motivation to teach him.

Kids Yoga StoriesEnter Kids Yoga Stories, which make yoga fun for kids by setting the movements within the context of a story, so that each motion taught is linked to an action in the storyline.  Kids zoom like an airplane as Sofia and her family travel to Costa Rica (yes, our beloved Costa Rica!),  salute the sun with Sofia before she begins her hike through the jungle, and act like the monkeys and jaguars she sees.

Along the way, they also learn about the importance of saving the environment for these beautiful creatures, in a way that is easy for children to understand and therefore to care about.

The book is also a great resource for parents, who can refer to the full, illustrated list of poses and a parent-teacher guide at the back of the book.giselle-and-anamika1-300x200

Monkey loved acting out the story and imitating Sofia’s poses.  I was impressed with his attention to detail, as he even made sure to hold his hands the same way as she does.  Of course, he often decided to change things up a bit: “How about like this?  How about upside-down?  How about like a robot?”

This kind of creativity is encouraged by Giselle, whose motivation in creating these interactive books is to “get children moving, learning, and having fun.”  Mission accomplished!

You can find more about this and other books and resources from Giselle at Kids Yoga Stories or on Amazon worldwide.

Kid Lit Giveaway Hop - Button - May 2013

Kid Lit Giveaway Hop

I am so pleased to be able to offer a copy of this great book as a prize to one reader, as part of the amazing Kid Lit Giveaway Hop!  Each participating blog (find a list of all of them at the end of this post) is running a book giveaway to celebrate Children’s Book Week.

The contests will all run through May 19, 2013, so see how many you can enter this week!

But before you do, make sure to enter below to win a copy of Sophia’s Jungle Adventure!  The winner can choose either the English or Spanish version of the story.

 

Enter now to win this great book!

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  24 Responses to “Kid Lit Giveaway Hop: Giveaway from Kids Yoga Stories!”

  1. Giselle’s books sound incredible – I’ve got to try one with my girls!

    • We really love this book! The only thing is that I have to remember not to pull it out to read at dinnertime, because I have enough trouble getting him to sit still to eat! (Btw, Giselle will ship to the winner of this contest, no matter where they are located!)

  2. Great sounding book, I hope you have an awesome book week, cheers Julie Grasso

  3. What a great idea Leanna! Thanks so much for sharing! I want to try this book as well.

    • Glad to see you entered the contest! I think you and the kids would really enjoy this book!

  4. That sounds like a great way of learning yoga. Great post! Thank you.

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  6. We read with our kids everynight. We have to report back each week to the teacher with a list of books read that week – crazy.

    • How funny! I guess it’s good way to encourage families that aren’t reading together on their own.

  7. This sounds like a great book, especially in this fast-paced world today. Parents and children can learn together how to slow down and “smell the roses.” Thanks for sharing on the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Cheryl – Hop Hostess.

    • Thank you! Yes, yoga really does help balance the fast-paced world we live in. Thank you for hosting!

  8. Love the description of your Monkey! Kids are so fun.

  9. Love, love, love the sound of these stories! I so totally entered! Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂

    Be sure to check out our Kid Lit Question of the Day. This week we are talking about the category of books, YA.

    http://motherdaughterbookreviews.com/kid-lit-question-of-the-day-what-is-a-young-adult-anyways/

    • Thank you for hosting! It has been so much fun! And glad for the opportunity to share about this great book.

  10. I did read with the grand children; We read Green Eggs and Ham.

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