Reviews for Yoga Bear : Yoga for Youngsters


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Spring
Simple rhyming text ("Can you float like a Boat?") encourages young kids to try the twenty-two yoga poses such as lion, cobra, and downward facing dog, while smaller font text for parents describes the pose and its benefits. Color photos of children demonstrating the various poses are accompanied by art that despite an amateurish quality, possesses child appeal. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Library Media Connection Reviews 2005 March
This book is designed to provide a series of 22 exercises that very young children can replicate. These positions can help children develop muscle strength and flexibility; concentration and stamina; and self-esteem. The book is arranged so the positions are based upon natural phenomena or animals, and become more complex as the text progresses to the final cool-down exercise. Each pose is given a double-page spread; there is a photograph of a child who appears to be enjoying the experience in the completed position. This is bordered by cartoon-like illustrations of whatever creature is represented. The opposite page contains text explaining the steps for achieving the pose and the benefits to the body. A large picture using the same figures found in the borders fills the majority of the page. In each illustration, "Yoga Bear" can be found. The book is colorful and inviting. The author encourages adults to assume the poses with their children, creating a time to be shared in healthy activity. The exercises are simple and clearly explained. However, there are no diagrams showing the stages necessary to reach the correct position. This may be a good way to encourage children to become active with a minimum of cost and no equipment. Recommended. Charlotte Decker, Librarian, Children's Learning Center, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Cincinnati, Ohio © 2005 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2004 November #3
Karen Pierce, also a yoga instructor, guides young people and their parents through 21 yoga poses in Yoga Bear: Yoga for Youngsters, illus. by Paula Brinkman. A cartoon polar bear acts as a playful guide, while photos of children demonstrate everything from the mountain pose to the butterfly pose ("Sit with knees bent and soles of feet together. Keeping the spine straight with heels close to the body, let gravity gently pull the knees to floor"); the physical benefits follow the instructions for each pose ("Stretches inner thighs and legs"). Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2005 January
PreS-Gr 1-Beginning with a section that emphasizes the benefits of yoga, its appropriateness for children with special needs, and the sheer enjoyment of its pursuit, Pierce then introduces 22 postures. Each spread features a full-color photo of a child in a pose, a sometimes-rhyming introductory phrase ("Arch your back, scary Cat"), brief instructions addressed to parents, and a line highlighting physical benefits. Only the finished pose is shown. Drawings of a white bear in various situations are also included. Unfortunately, these illustrations add little to the text, and the "yoga bear" theme seems a bit forced. For the lion pose, the bear is hiding under a bed containing an angry lion, along with the rhyme, "Does a Lion snore, or does he roar?" The idea of the fierce lion snoring in a bed is distracting, and an illustration of a bear quaking under a bed to illustrate a yoga pose designed to build courage seems contradictory. The artwork, done in pen and colored inks and pencils, has a clumsily doodled look. Thia Luby's Children's Book of Yoga (Clear Light, 1998) provides a better introduction to the topic, with far more poses and much clearer instruction.-Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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