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Jungle Story Paperback – June 13, 2011
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From the Back Cover
From the author of the award winning, My First Yoga®: Animal Poses, comes an active adventure that leads readers through the jungle in search for a monkey. A series of yoga poses stretch both mind and body, providing young children with the mental and physical tools necessary to lead healthy, balanced lives. My First Yoga® has gained nationwide attention in publications such as The New York Times, Yoga Journal, Businessweek, iVillage, Creative Child Magazine, Creative Living Magazine, The Boston Globe and Parents Magazine.
About the Author
Abbie Davies, owner and founder of My First Yoga®, graduated from Harvard University where she studied how movement and exercise contribute to self-confidence and esteem. Abbie's love for yoga combined with her passion for athletics and children, translated into her development of the My First Yoga® innovative curriculum.
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Here is why I LOVE this book:
*The clear 3-step directions for each animal pose are included on that page in the story.
*The vibrant color pose pictures really stand out against the distraction free white background. This will help kids with special needs (ADHD, Autism, Visual Impairment, etc...) and young children be able to attend to the important information in each picture.
*I love the sitting down version of "marching". This is an adaptation that will help kids with special needs or younger children who may not have the balance or coordination to do a standing "hiking-in-place" motion. For older kids or those that would enjoy more of a challenge, you could start out with the sitting "march" and work your way to a standing "hiking-in-place" motion or even a Brain Gym "Cross Crawl Hike".
*Great opportunities to answer the "yes/no" question, "Is this a monkey? No, this is a ________" throughout the book as you find each animal along the way. I made a picture card of the monkey to hold up so the kids I work with could see the picture in the book compared to the picture of the monkey.
*Great use of repeated lines "Is this a monkey"and "March March March". Repeated lines in stories are a great way to promote emergent literacy skills & to provide opportunities for children to participate by "reading" part of the story (either verbally or through the use of a voice output communication aide like a BigMack). Here is a link to an article about using "Repetitive Books: An Effective Therapeutic Strategy for Children Diagnosed with Apraxia of Speech" by Michelle Solomon, M.A., CCC-SLP and Lavinia Pereira, M.A., CCC-SLP ([...] PDF version: Repetitive Books - An Effective Therapeutic Strategy for Children Diagnosed with Apraxia of Speech
*Cool opportunities for sequencing and repeated vocabulary exposure as each animal is added to the "March March March" page as they are found along the way.
For more info & links to printables to go with the book, check out my OMazing Kids Yoga blog post at: [...]
Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2
Founder of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC - inclusive yoga for kids & teens of all abilities in Norman, Oklahoma
Radiant Child Yoga Certified - Levels 1 & 2