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Monday, 3 June 2013

"Luke's Beach Day" by Giselle Shardlow- a review

Luke's Beach Day cover

I knew from Giselle’s blog that she was the author of yoga-inspired books for children. I just didn’t know how this worked until Giselle offered for me to review her book, “Luke’s Beach Day”. And it all made sense.

After all, movement and narratives work together perfectly, for example in dance. So, why not yoga? And when I read this book, I saw that Giselle’s idea is as inspiring and fun as it is simple.

In her latest book, "Luke's Beach Day", Luke and his classmates go to the beach on a beautiful sunny day and make discoveries and have adventures there. Luke is also known for pulling pranks on his friends! The beach setting gives them the opportunity to practice yoga poses, such as “Greeting the sun”, or assuming the warrior pose to mirror a surfer’s movement. It also mentions topics such as caring for the environment and the importance of finding peace, and being respectful of Earth’s natural beauty.

The language used is simple and very appropriate for children, and makes yoga fun!

I believe this is a great way to introduce children to practising yoga as it is based on things they already know, such as animal names. The story fits the movements perfectly, and the children can enjoy both at the same time, thus making the book more interactive- and, as well all know, children learn through movement!

Then I really have to mention the very cute illustrations by Emily Gedzyk. They are simple and colourful. On each page, you’ll find the poses mentioned in the text under it, so that the children can practice by themselves.

boy at the beach, illustration, Luke's beach day

All in all, this is a great book that is fun for the children to read and exercise, and for the parents to read and introduce the children to yoga. Even little children can benefit from it since the book mentions so many simple things such as animal names, things you can find on the beach- which are all great to enrich their vocabulary!

This is such a great book! I would like you all to check out Giselle's books at www.kidsyogastories.com!

Check out Giselle’s yoga-inspired children’s books on her Kids Yoga Stories website or on Amazon worldwide .  Get free kids yoga resources in your inbox by signing up for her weekly newsletter  or check her out on Facebook ,Twitter , and Pinterest.

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