The goal of the Kids Yoga Stories series is to “teach young children to link the interactive movements of yoga to topics of interest while promoting lively, dynamic learning experiences.” The books do just that by incorporating yoga poses into a fun story in a meaningful way.
In Luke’s Beach Day, Luke and his classmates explore and discover all that an East Coast Australian seashore has to offer. The adventure is educational, engaging and interactive. Kids can follow along as the characters in the book integrate the sights, sounds and smells of the beach into coordinating yoga poses.
Here are a few examples of how the yoga poses are woven into the story: Luke spots surfers riding the waves offshore, and he breaks into warrior pose to emulate surfing; The kids see kangaroos standing in a grassy area on the beach, and Luke takes on kangaroo pose; Luke peers out onto the horizon in search of dolphins, then one of Luke’s classmates strikes dolphin pose — you get the idea. My kids had lots of fun creating their own beach-themed asanas to complement those featured in the book!
The illustrations are delightful and clearly demonstrate the kid-friendly yoga poses. As an extra measure to make each pose easy to emulate, the author includes a very clear inset illustration of every position in the top corner of each page.
Included in the book is an insightful parent-teacher guide. Additionally, there is a yoga position guide which lists keywords used within the story, the names of the poses and a small illustration of Jake demonstrating each pose.
Another fun aspect of the book is that the illustrator cleverly placed a small Australia and a little crab in a different place in each illustration. Aside from the yoga moves, my boys’ favorite part about the book was searching for those little “hidden treasures” each time they turned a page!
I love that the storyline promotes an underlying theme of respect for the environment, as there are several instances in the book where Jake picks up beach trash and disposes of it properly.
This is another great read by Kid’s Yoga Stories and a fun way to introduce your little global citizens to yoga! I’m so happy that the author has provided me with a copy of Jake’s Beach Day to give away to one lucky reader!
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Update: The giveaway is officially over. The winner will be notified by email.