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You Are a Lion!: And Other Fun Yoga Posesby Taeeun Yoo
Synopses & Reviews
With simple instructions and bright, clear illustrations, award-winning artist Taeeun Yoo invites children to enjoy yoga by assuming playful animal poses. And she sparks their imagination further by encouraging them to pretend to be the animal - to flutter like a butterfly, hiss like a snake, roar like a lion and more. Yoga is great for kids because it promotes flexibility and focus - and it's relaxing good fun! The charming pictures of children and animals and the lyrical text make this gentle introduction to yoga a book to be treasured.
"Yoo goes beyond downward dog to teach children yoga poses that mimic animals like a butterfly, frog, and cat. In alternating spreads, children demonstrate the steps for achieving each pose ('Lie on your stomach/ Hands next to shoulders/ Push up!') while the intervening spreads show the children in the position in natural settings alongside the animal or object they are emulating ('You are a... snake/ In the cool grass/ Slither and glide/ Make a big hiss'). The final spreads lead to a simmer-down in the bright sun: 'Lie down and be still/ Slowly breathe in the garden/ Relax in the silence/ Namaste to each other.' Yoo gracefully merges the spirit of yoga with children's intuitive sense of play. Ages 3 — 5. Agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Taeeun Yoo (www.taeeunyoo.com) received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts. She has illustrated several picture books, including Only a Witch Can Fly (by Alison McGhee) - a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year. She lives in New York City.
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