Enter 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.
Enter 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.
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!
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.