A few weeks ago, we shared our review of Giselle Shardlow’s Kids Yoga book, Good Night, Animal World. We loved it, so we were very excited when we heard that Giselle was looking for reviewers for her newest installment in the Kids Yoga series, Hello, Bali! We were even more excited to realize that it was set on the island of Bali, where we made our home for four years and where two of our children were born.
About the Book
Title: Hello Bali | Author: Giselle Shardlow | Illustrator: Emily Gedkyz | Publication Date: April 23, 2014 | Publisher: Kids Yoga Stories | Number of pages: 52 | Recommended age: 2.5 to 6 years
Summary: Energize your body and mind with this yoga island adventure book for young children!
Say good day to the magical island of Bali! Join Anamika, one of the Yoga Kids, as she travels with her family to Bali, Indonesia. Surf like a surfer, dance like a Balinese dancer, and sit like a monkey.
The book includes a list of Kids Yoga Poses, Map of Bali, Basic Indonesian Phrases, and a Parent-Teacher Guide with tips on creating a successful yoga experience. This yoga book for toddlers and preschoolers (ages 2 to 5) is more than a storybook, but it’s also a unique experience for children.
I really love the format of these kids yoga books, and Hello, Bali is no exception. The illustrations are gorgeous, whimsical, and fun! The text is clean and simple while at the same being packed with information. This book would be a great introduction into a study of Bali as it touches briefly on many different aspects of life and culture in Bali. The yoga also flows seamlessly with the text. It feels like it absolutely should be a part of learning about Bali and not at all like a tacked-on extension activity. The Indonesian phrases included at the end are also a lot of fun and a good way to extend the learning from this book.
Having lived in Bali for four years, my family really enjoyed this book. We were able to follow the author’s journey and were able to recognize the places she had visited. The book does present a very white-washed picture of life in Bali, but I think that’s okay for a children’s book, and my children certainly enjoyed the literary journey back to a place they called home for a time.
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If you’re looking for more books on Bali, you’ll also love our friend Christy’s book, Tiger Hunt, about two of her little boys adventuring on Bali.