Sunday, March 12, 2023

Today's read... Strong Baby by Robin Arzón

Today's read strikes of the tones of fitness and health with moms and babies taking center stage. This one made me smile because my own kids are all about exercise, working out, and enjoying movement. Considering my husband and I aren't the overly athletic types (not in the sense presented here), I sometimes wonder what inspired all four to turn so fitness orientated. Anyway, I was curious what this book might hold and decided to give it a peek.

by Robin Arzón
Illustrated by Addy Rivera Sonda
Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Picture Book
40 pages
ages 4 to 8

Head Peloton Instructor Robin Arzón follows up  New York Times  bestseller  Strong Mama  with  Strong   Baby,  tracking the first milestones of a baby’s life, using Robin’s signature mantras as motivation.

There's a new addition to our strong family! Now that Pequeño is born, mom and baby are ready to move together. From tummy time, to sitting up and crawling, to those exciting first steps, baby is growing stronger every day. And mom and dad are right there with her, laughing, dancing, working out, and resting. Because this family is stronger together.
Preaching progress over perfection, Robin Arzón uses her popular Peloton mantras to pair with baby’s first physical milestones, encouraging parents and baby to move together.



With tons of motivational messages, this is a read to empower moms and babies to stay fit and head into life full of energy, zest, and enjoy being themselves.

This is the companion book to Strong Mama and while this read works great as a stand-alone, continues the goal of empowering and inspiring mothers to stay healthy and positive with life. Each two-page spread portrays the mother with her baby in a very positive light. Mother and child are shown while playing, stretching, giving baby a bath, and in other familiar situations, which young listeners/readers will recognize. From outdoors to indoors and from high-activity to naptime, it's displayed how every situation can be enjoyable and fun.

The text is around two to three lines and offers encouraging messages about being brave, curious, having energy or striving to dream. I see this one as especially up-lifting for the adult reading the book to the children, although listeners will pick up on the encouragement and positive attitude as well.

And here they are...

Robin Arzón is vice president of Fitness Programming and head instructor at Peloton. She believes that sweat transforms lives, and her story is living proof. Robin is the New York Times bestselling author of Strong MamaStrong Baby, and Shut Up and Run. She lives in New York City.

Addy Rivera Sonda is a Mexican illustrator, who loves color, learning, and exploring ways in which we could build a kinder and more sustainable world. Her biggest inspiration for drawing is that she knows that stories and art are slowly but surely changing the way people understand themselves and perceive others, building empathy, and a more inclusive world

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