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Sleepy Little Yoga: A Toddler's Sleepy Book of Yoga Hardcover – March 29, 2007
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PreS—This sweet and simple book can be used to calm a young child and to introduce yoga poses. It is very similar to this author and illustrator's Little Yoga (Holt, 2005). Colorful pages show a toddler in an easy pose opposite an animal in a similar position. The book is fun to share, even in a group storytime, while letting children do their own thing. Back matter includes explanations of the poses and general tips on practice for adults. A photo spread shows children practicing the postures. Some of them involve movement, which is not made clear from either the drawings or photographs, though it is explained in the notes. The author emphasizes that this is not a manual but an invitation to have fun and relax together; the book works well on that level. For a little more instruction, try Karen Pierce's Yoga Bear: Yoga for Youngsters (NorthWord, 2004).—Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, FL
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"This charming book is a lovely wind-down before bedtime" -- Emma Servant Carousel 20071101 "An excellent way to wind down before bed" Irish Examiner 20070728 "This delightfully conceived and illustrated book for toddlers is a gentle introduction to the restful art of yoga" Glasgow Herald 20070414 "Each illustration charmingly features yoga baby or an alternative night time animal adopting a relaxing position" South Wales Argus 20070331 "Wonderfully calming" Burnley Express 20070327 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The eight simple asanas presented in this book are illustrated by animals - uttanasana (standing forward bend) is demonstrated by a sleepy hanging bat. A bunny, porcupine, owl, and bee teach other postures as well as breathing and eye palming techniques. It ends appropriately with savasana as your child pretends to drift off to sleep on a cloud. There is further information about yoga and the specific poses at the end of the book, as well as photos of toddlers practicing the postures.
Our whole family now joins in on the bedtime yoga, and it has been wonderful for our toddler in so many ways. She is still not able to hold the postures for very long (really only a few seconds), but I feel it's a great start to living a long, healthy life. Yoga is wonderful for calming children (try Child's Pose instead of a time-out!), and this book gives both children and parents a place to begin together. It is much simpler and less time-consuming than the Itsy Bitsy Yoga books (which are great, too, but much more of a commitment). It's also a fabulous tool for role-play - your toddler will love to be the yoga teacher!
She really enjoys this book. We do the poses together and she likes to copy me. She's still young to copy the pose from the book, but I wasn't planning on just sitting her down with the book and walking away, anyway. This was something we could do together.
Highly recommended. Read through it once by yourself first so it's easier to move through the poses smoothly, without losing toddler interest.