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!
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Thank you Giselle for sharing some fun animal poses inspired by Lobo’s adventures!
Oh, the beauty of Oregon’s forests!
My family and I lived in Portland, Oregon, for a few months when my daughter was a toddler. On the weekends, we ventured out to walk in nature and learn about local animals. I can see why Cathy Murphy finds inspiration there to write her Lovable Lobo book series. The west coast of North America is a beautiful part of the world. While you are reading the Lovable Lobo books, you could also act them out through simple yoga poses for kids. This is a great way to bring the books to life through movement, learn about the animals in the books, and have fun together as a family. Storytelling and movement are a natural fit! Find out about the benefits HERE. Your children will love it!
Forest Animals and Yoga for Kids
Don’t worry if you haven’t practiced yoga before—just jump in and give it a go. Below, you will find a yoga sequence designed to flow from one animal pose to the next. Encourage your child’s creativity and imagination as you go through all or just a few of the poses. What sounds do the animals make? How do the animals move? Which is their favorite animal? Can you spot three of the Lovable Lobo main characters in the sequence?
Bat – Standing Forward Bend (From standing, bend your upper body, reach for your toes, and pretend to be a bat hanging upside-down.)
Coyote – Downward-Facing Dog Pose (Step back to hands and feet in an upside-down V shape and gently stretch out one leg at a time like a coyote.)
ROXY the Raven – Pigeon Pose (From Downward-Facing Dog Pose, bring your right foot to rest behind your right hand, placing your right foot slightly inward, and perch like a raven. Switch sides and repeat.)
Cougar – Cat Pose (On all fours, tuck your chin into your chest and round your back. Meow like a cat.)
Rattlesnake – Cobra Pose (Lie on your tummy, lift your head and shoulders off ground, place your palms flat next to your shoulders, and hiss like a snake.)
Deer – Hero Pose Seated Twist (Come back to rest upright on your heels, and twist your upper body. Take your spread-out hands above your head like the antlers of a deer. Twist the other way.)
Raccoon – Hero Pose with Gyan Mudra (Sit on your heels with both hands in A-Okay sign over eyes to look like the raccoon’s eyes.)
Fox – Kneeling (Come to kneeling on your knees, open your chest, look up, and reach up to the moon like a fox.
POPO the Opossum – Child’s Pose (Come to sitting back on your heels, slowly bring your forehead down to rest in front of your knees, rest your arms down alongside your body, and take a few deep breaths. Pretend to be an opossum resting in a tree.)
Finish your forest-animal yoga experience by lying on your back with your arms and legs stretched out. Play forest-sounds music, close your eyes, and take a few deep breaths. Then talk together about what you liked about the yoga session and which forest animals you would like to learn more about for next time.
Some considerations: Yoga is best practiced barefoot and in comfortable clothing. Be sure to clear the space of any dangerous objects like things you might trip over. Focus is to have fun, not on perfectly aligned postures. Link the animal poses back to the story to make the experience meaningful. Follow their interest and energy level—don’t force your children to practice yoga if they are not in the mood. Your children will feed off your enthusiasm, so get down into the poses and have fun, too!
What is your favorite forest animal yoga pose?
“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.
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