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Saturday, February 8, 2014

You Are A Lion!. Written and illustrated by Taeeun Yoo. Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin. 2012. $18.00 ages 3 and up

with feet flat
Bend and touch ground
Bottom up!

You are a...

Stretch in the sun
Bark at your friend
Ready for fun

What a great way to get little ones interested in the practice of yoga! What child do you know who doesn't love to imitate animals, with roars, ribbits, leaps and lunges? Here they can wend their way through a group of seven poses, from a wild lion to a domesticated cat. They are also encouraged to employ the dignity of the mountain pose, and the total bliss of final relaxation:

"Lie down and be still
Slowly breathe in the garden
Relax in the silence
Namaste to each other"

I can almost feel the peace wash over me. Anyone who has ever practices yoga will understand the joy that young children might take from learning the poses included in this invitation to movement.

The illustrations are created using linoleum block prints, pencil drawings and Photoshop, and are sure to encourage young listeners to follow the simple instructions that will allow them to try this series of child-friendly poses. Reading it to a group of youngsters may take some time as they will want to see how they do at emulating a butterfly, a dog, a cobra and even a frog. It's a lovely way to get our kids up and active.

It is both invitation and celebration!                                                                                   

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