Thursday, April 29, 2010

Animals Do Yoga....and So Do I (Book Review/Giveaway)

As a mother of two children and a Kindergarten teacher I come across several new books every day. I love children's literature and have been practicing yoga in my classroom for  a few weeks now. You can imagine how happy I was when I had the opportunity to review the most wonderful book for children.  Animals Do Yoga...and So Do I was written by Angela Faith Miller and illustrated by award winning artist Susie McColgan.  Angela is a certified elementary school teacher and teaches yoga as well.  She is a mother of two and has been practicing yoga for 13 years.  It was her understanding of teaching and good literature and her passion for yoga that inspired Angela to write such a great book.  Susie is an esteemed artists and has won many awards for her work.

There are so  many things that I love about this book.  It introduces children to daily yoga practice while fostering creativity inherent within children.   The illustrations are done thoughtfully, demonstrating child friendly yoga poses in a creative, vibrant, and unique manner. Animals Do Yoga and So Do I does a great job of paralleling children and animals doing yoga.  The children in the pictures are multicultural and this is very important to me in choosing literature.  Children can connect with this book  because the concepts are reinforced with things that are real and meaningful for them.

My 4 year old daughter loves pretending to be the animals and is asking to read the book and do yoga every day.  What a great opportunity to encourage a positive, healthy, peaceful way of being! She is already learning to be balanced in an overly active world and Animals Do Yoga has certainly helped her to do this.  I'm so happy to have found this book and have been using it in the classroom as         
                                                             well as home.

This book would make the perfect gift for any child if you want to give something meaningful that will certainly be loved!
Buy the book now Soft cover $12 and hard cover $18 or enter here for a chance to win a copy.  Angela has generously offered a reader a copy of Animals Do Yoga.

Please leave a separate post for each of the things you complete and you will be entered for each of the following:

1. Stop by Angela's site and tell us something that you like about the book.
2. Share a yoga experience that you've had with children or on your own.
3. Follow Snugnluv's blog.
4. Tweet, facebook, email about the giveaway. (1 per day)

The winner will be chosen by on May 9th.  Thanks everyone.