Today, I have an exciting book to share with you, Good Night, Animal World by Giselle Shardlow! I have gotten more selective lately about which book tours I participate in as I only want to share with you books I’m really excited about. This one definitely fits the bill! Bignificent is even doing a video book review of it today over at Desperate Homeschoolers!
About the Book
Title: Good Night, Animal World: A Kids Yoga Bedtime Story | Author: Giselle Shardlow | Illustrator: Emily Gedzyk | Publication Date: September 20, 2013 | Publisher: Company: Kids Yoga Stories LLC | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 2.5 to 6 years
Summary: Say good night to the animals of the world! Calm your mind and body before bedtime by taking a journey around the world with this kids yoga storybook. Join six Kids Yoga Stories characters as you perch like a bald eagle, crouch like a tiger, and curl up like a sloth. The book includes a list of Kids Yoga Poses and a Parent Guide with tips on creating a successful bedtime experience. Learn something new, explore movement, and unwind together before bedtime!
My thoughts on this book are that I love it! It is a wonderful book for children on at least three different levels. First of all, I love the journey around the world with children from around the world to learn about animals of the world. There are many geography, culture, and animal habitat lessons hiding in this little book!
Secondly, I love the yoga poses included. My children loved that there was a pose for each animal in the book. They were forced to do a lot of critical thinking as I had them try to figure out the poses themselves from the book, and I only stepped in when absolutely necessary.
And finally, I love the full-body wind-down aspect of this book. There are times when we need to physically calm ourselves down before a rest, and this book is perfect for that! It is a beautiful addition to any bedtime or naptime routine or would be a good tool to keep on hand for those times when it’s especially hard to calm down.
The Parent Guide at the end with tips on creating a successful bedtime experience is a surprisingly wonderful bonus. It in itself is worth the price of the book, in my opinion! Giselle has done a fantastic job distilling and summarizing what takes chapters in other parenting books into an incredibly useful little resource at the back of this one.
“This book has been so amazing for my 2.5 year old daughter! The illustrations are adorable! She is always so rambunctious at bedtime and this lets her get out some of that excess energy. She loves the book so much that this has been one we read every night. It helps my daughter fall asleep faster which means more time for mom in the evenings.” ~ 5 Star Review, cwalt047, Amazon
“Another GREAT book!! I used this book for my kids yoga classes for ages 2-5 years old. After a very active yoga class, we read this book and did the yoga poses before the resting portion of the class. My little yogis loved the pictures and saying Good Night to all of the animals one by one. I played a calming song with some animal noises in the background and we were then able to quiet our minds and bodies for the pose of rest. I think this will become a regular pre-resting story for my classes with this age group. My 5 year old son loves to read this book again and again too! Keep the great books coming!” ~ 5 Star Review, Stacy Daniels – Kids Yoga Teacher, Amazon
“What a delightful book to get young children reading and moving in a wind-down, calming story about saying goodnight to the animals of the world. I am a k-12 Reading Certified teacher who blogs about parenting at The Educator’s Spin On It. I am big fan of literacy activities that combine movement and geography in a loving parent / child interaction experience and Good night, Animal World does just that. This book would be a great addition to your book shelf.” ~ 5 Star Review, Amanda at The Educators’ Spin On It, Amazon
About the Author: Giselle Shardlow
Giselle Shardlow is the author of Kids Yoga Stories. Her yoga-inspired children’s books get children moving, learning, and having fun. Giselle draws from her experiences as a teacher, traveler, yogi, and mom to write the stories found at www.kidsyogastories.com or on Amazon (amazon.com/author/giselleshardlow) worldwide.
Good Night, Animal World Blog Tour Schedule (2014)
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