Saturday, October 8, 2016

Review: Jenny's Winter Walk by Giselle Shardlow

A Kids Yoga Winter Book
by Giselle Shardlow
Illustrated by Vicky Bowes
Picture Book
ages 3+
34 pages

Experience the benefits of yoga with your children or students by acting out what you see and hear in winter with this interactive yoga story, Jenny's Winter Walk!

Join Jenny as she meets various animals on a winter walk with her mom. Be a squirrel, a fox, and a bunny. Discover winter, explore movement, and learn the five senses.

The yoga storybook includes a list of kids yoga poses and a parent-teacher guide.

Kids Yoga Stories introduce you to engaging characters who will get your child laughing, moving, and creating. Reading is good for the mind AND body! The story links several yoga poses in a specific sequence to create a coherent and meaningful story.

This winter yoga story for ages 2 to 5 is more than a storybook, but it's also a unique experience for children.


With lovely illustrations and a simply story, kids are encouraged to join in various yoga poses and discover more about themselves and the world around them.

Jenny and her mother head out on a winter walk through the forest. Not only do they encounter all sorts of fun creatures but run across breath-taking, wintry scenes which inspire several yoga poses.

This book starts out with a set of instructions, explaining how to use illustrations and story to its fullest potential. Then it dives right in. Jenny and her mother are introduced as a loving, caring mother and daughter. The obvious warmth and love already puts a smile on the face. They journey through a beautiful forest landscape, which is depicted in loving illustrations. There are cute animals around every corner, and the calmness of the landscape radiates from every page. Not only the sights, but the other five senses are addressed, allowing the world to unfold.

On each spread, there's an illustration (usually in the lower corner) which depicts the name of a fitting yoga pose as well as a simple illustration of how it is to be done. These are fitting to the age group and not difficult to imitate, making it perfect for the younger age group. Kids are encouraged to join in and are sure to jump at the opportunity to strike the pose themselves.

At the end of the book, there's a quick list of each pose with an accompanying illustration so that one doesn't have to flip back through the pages. There is also a section for parents/teachers with explanations and tips to help them use this book to its full potential.

Summed up, this is a lovely way to encourage young listeners/readers to explore yoga through the world around them. It shows a connection through calmness and warmth, and is sure to be read over and over again.

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