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From School Library Journal

Grade 2–5—This collection of 16 poems touches on the uplifting and emotional aspects of yoga, putting words to the spirit of the poses and evoking the energy and feelings of the practice. Wong's simple verses read almost like haiku, using imagery to get to the essence of the positions, rather than teaching how to perform them. On each spread, Paschkis's watercolor paintings frame both the poem and a child performing the pose with colorful fauna, flora, and people that suggest India as well as that particular exercise. The youngsters are varied ethnically though all wear clothing with Indian colors and patterns. The words and images blend together effortlessly, with energy and beauty. A few minor concerns: Tree pose should never be done with the foot directly on the knee as shown in the illustrations. Handstand shouldn't be done with the head on the floor and is a dangerous pose for children to try without direction. However, this is not an instruction book and readers should be directed to resources such as Baron Baptiste's My Daddy Is a Pretzel (Barefoot, 2004) to learn the actual poses. A simple author's note provides added encouragement for novices. Lovely to listen to and to look at, Twist is sure to inspire some new yogis.—Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, FL
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Wong and Paschkis, who have collaborated on poetry titles about dreams (Night Garden , 2000) and superstitions (Knock on Wood , 2003), focus on yoga in their latest attractive picture-book collection. Each selection, presented on a double-page spread, is named after a different asana (pose): Down Dog, Child's Pose, and so on. The best of the brief poems communicate yoga's philosophy and feeling in language and imagery that is immediately accessible: "Breath is a broom / sweeping your insides." Some selections will help children visualize the shapes of the poses: "Head to foot to foot, / Finger to finger to toe . . . My body is a puzzle of triangles." Paschkis' vibrant watercolors greatly enhance the book's appeal with portraits of multiethnic yogis demonstrating the poses, surrounded by lively, paisley-patterned borders of animals, plants, and figures. Kids eager to try the featured asana may want to move on to Thia Luby's Children's Book of Yoga (1998), Liz Lark's Yoga (2003), and Baron Baptiste's My Daddy Is a Pretzel (2004). Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; First Edition; First Impression edition (February 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689873948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689873942
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #943,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Emma on March 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The librarian read this at story time and the kids loved it. Not every position can be done by all ages but it is sure fun to try. Plus, The book is broken up nicely, poem by poem, position, by position which makes it easy to do. I highly recommend this!
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I pull this out when my girls (5 and 2) are getting loopy or grumpy, and it works everytime. I love the poems and images, and they love trying all the poses (though my 5 year old gets VERY disgruntled with low crow!)... I recommend this to everyone, whether you have any experience with yoga or not.
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By Emma on December 19, 2007
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This is a beautiful book for children and adults alike. The art is wonderful. I've love posters of some of these illustrationts!
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ALTHOUGH THE PICTURES ARE NICE THE POEMS AREN'T GREAT.
TRY FLY LIKE A BUTTERFLY OR YOGA KIDS. FOR YOUNG CHILDREN TRY BARBA THE ELEPHANT YOGA BOOK IT COMES WITH A NICE POSTER.
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