Jenny's Winter Walk
Act out what you see and hear on a winter walkJoin Jenny as she meets various animals on a winter walk with her mom. Be a squirrel, a fox, and a bunny. Discover winter, explore movement, and learn the five senses. Age group: Preschoolers ages 2-5.
This is a cute story about a mother and daughter adventure on a winter walk. I read it with my three year old who has loved all of Ms. Shardlow's books. She loved finding the poses on each page and doing them herself. I think the story line gives a great idea of something any daughter can do with their mother. The pictures were colorful and inviting. We enjoyed this book!
Author and yogi Giselle Shardlow has written a winter book about family, nature, and yoga. Jenny and her mother take a winter walk in the woods. As they walk through the woods, they see forest creatures, smell pine trees, and feel the coolness of winter in the air. During the walk, there are moments where they can take a moment and do a yoga pose. The yoga pose is in a circle on the right side of the two-page layout. (The poses are also listed in order in the pack of the book.) It's a fun winter and nature themed story that invites the reader to move along with Jenny and her mom. The illustrations are by Vicky Bowes. I loved the muted colors. It felt like a great book to read for a transition book between the end of fall and the beginning of winter. For teachers and parents, there is additional guidance and tips in the back of the book. This book is well suited to read before or after a walk outdoors with children. Reviewed from a review copy. Thank you, Giselle Shardlow!
This is a lovely story about a little girl called Jenny, who goes for a winter walk in the woods with her mother. Along the way she sees lots of different animals. The yoga in this book focuses mostly on the animals Jenny comes across in the woods, with one suggested yoga pose per page. This sets a nice gentle pace to both the story and the yoga, making it ideal for times when you want to calm things down a bit - like before bed. Both my girls (3 & 5) enjoyed the book as part of 'bedtime yoga'. As a children's yoga teacher I am always looking for story books I can adapt to use in my classes, so the Kids Yoga Stories are always an easy win for me! I think if I were going to use this book with a class I would want to up the activity levels a bit, which with this story is easy to do with a little imagination. For example, by adding in some extra poses and including some actions like walking in different ways (cross crawl, tiptoe, skipping and marching) or adding in some standing twists while we have a look around the woods together. The story also encourages the imagination in all of the senses, and would make a great introduction to other winter themed activities, or even as a set up before going on a real 'mindful walk' in the woods.
Another great addition to my collection of yoga stories by Giselle Shardlow. I love the simplicity of the book and the flow of poses. This will work with my preschoolers as well as elementary aged students. The illustrations are beautiful and keeps the kids engaged. I also like how this book has jumping jacks and balance beam as well, as I can incorporate these activities into my PT sessions with the students.
I used this book with my 3year old grandson and he was captivated the whole way through. I found it beautifully educating as we live in Australia. I then replaced some of the words with "Aussie" words and it was like having 2 books in one. Loved the illustrations too. Great book!