From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1 - Beginning with a section that emphasizes the benefits of yoga, its appropriateness for children with special needs, and the sheer enjoyment of its pursuit, Pierce then introduces 22 postures. Each spread features a full-color photo of a child in a pose, a sometimes-rhyming introductory phrase ("Arch your back, scary Cat"), brief instructions addressed to parents, and a line highlighting physical benefits. Only the finished pose is shown. Drawings of a white bear in various situations are also included. Unfortunately, these illustrations add little to the text, and the "yoga bear" theme seems a bit forced. For the lion pose, the bear is hiding under a bed containing an angry lion, along with the rhyme, "Does a Lion snore, or does he roar?" The idea of the fierce lion snoring in a bed is distracting, and an illustration of a bear quaking under a bed to illustrate a yoga pose designed to build courage seems contradictory. The artwork, done in pen and colored inks and pencils, has a clumsily doodled look. Thia Luby's Children's Book of Yoga
(Clear Light, 1998) provides a better introduction to the topic, with far more poses and much clearer instruction. - Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS
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About the Author
Karen Behan Pierce is the mother of two baby yoga bears. She has practiced Yoga, Meditation & Eastern Studies for nearly 20 years, 7 of those years as a Yoga Teacher (registered through the National Yoga Alliance), as well as 15 years teaching in the fitness industry (certified aerobic instructor, pre/post-natal specialist, kickboxing instructor, and certified personal trainer). She has developed her own style incorporating her specialties. Ms. Pierce lives in Connecticut.
Paula Brinkman is a graduate of The University Of Connecticut. For many years she lived in New York City, working as a freelance illustrator. Her work has appeared in magazines and books, on greeting cards, menus, t-shirts and other doo-dads. Ms. Brinkman lives in Florida, with her husband and daughter.