Friday, November 01, 2013

The ABCs of Australian Animals: An Interactive Kids Yoga Book {Review & Giveaway}

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It's no secret that we love the ABCs at our house.  And books?  Well, we absolutely love those too!  The amount of ABC books that we own is somewhat overwhelming, but they are the type of books that are read the most in our house.

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So when I was offered a chance to review a new ABC book for kids, I couldn't pass it up.  But this book is more than just an ABC book.  It's an interactive kids yoga book about Australian animals.  Yes, an ABC book about Australian animals that also encourages kids to get active by doing yoga poses inspired by the animals in the book.  Does it sound like your kind of book?  Well, then The ABCs of Australian Animals: An Interactive Kids Yoga Book by Giselle Shardlow with illustrations by Emily Gedzyk is for you.  And you just might have a chance to win a copy of your own below...wink, wink.


The ABCs of Australian Animals Book Review and Giveaway from And Next Comes L.  A great book for learning about Australia, animals, and the ABCs, all well getting active!

Please note that the book was provided to me, free of charge, but all opinions expressed below are mine and were not influenced by the free product.

When I first received The ABCs of Australian Animals, I was a little unsure of how the boys would respond to the yoga aspect as we have never done any type of yoga in our house before.  I knew they would like the book simply because it was an ABC book, but I was curious to see what their reaction would be.  Well, I was thrilled to learn that they LOVED doing the yoga part.  I mean they seriously loved it.  J will now randomly shout a name of a pose, such as the horse stance, and do the pose.

Here are the boys doing some of the poses...

Doing a yoga pose from The ABCs of Australian Animals book from And Next Comes L

Doing poses from The ABCs of Australian Animals book from And Next Comes L

Overall, this book was an absolute hit.  You can read more information about the book here, but here's what we loved about the book:
  • It has bright colorful illustrations with easy to follow pictures of the corresponding yoga poses.
  • The letters on each page are partially hidden and the boys had fun trying to find the entire letter.
  • We learned about animals that even I had never heard of, such as an echidna.
  • The yoga poses range in difficulty.  J still struggles trying to be a koala hugging an eucalyptus tree and K's poses all look the same.
  • It encouraged the boys to read AND get active.
  • There's a great list of additional ways to expand the learning for the book.  I just wish that I had read this part first so that my husband could have been playing the didgeridoo for us while we did the poses for the first time.  Ha!
  • Big, easy to read font.
  • It also gave us an opportunity to explore geography by pointing out where Australia is in relation to where we live.
I cannot say enough positive things about this book.  The boys reach for this book on an almost daily basis.  Balance activities have recently become a very important part of J's day, so we have been incorporating yoga poses from the book into our daily routine.

You can enter the giveaway below, but if you don't win, you can always purchase your own copy here. The author of the book has written numerous other interactive yoga books, which you can read about on her website. Be sure to follow Kids Yoga Stories on FacebookPinterest, or Twitter.

So, how about that giveaway?

Book review and giveaway of The ABCs of Australian Animals by Giselle Shardlow from And Next Comes L
Image from Amazon.com

Up for grabs is ONE COPY of The ABCs of Australian Animals: An Interactive Kids Yoga Book by Giselle Shardlow.  Be sure to read the guidelines before entering:
  1. This giveaway is open WORLDWIDE to anyone over the age of 18.  
  2. The giveaway will close on November 7, 2013 at 11:59 PM.
  3. The winner will be announced on November 8, 2013 on the blog and on our Facebook page.
  4. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook.
Enter below and good luck!

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22 comments:

  1. Heehee, I could see how this book would be a lot of fun! I know my three year old would enjoy it and I'm sure my 1 year old would imitate her, fun for everyone!

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    1. K definitely just imitates us! Thanks for entering the giveaway.

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  2. Yoga looks like something both my kids would enjoy. We haven't started yet, but this book may be a great way to get them interested!

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    1. The book was definitely the leap we needed to get going with a little yoga. It's fun!

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  3. Having just started teaching kids yoga, I'm finding the more props and aids the better. Keeping the kids engaged is the aim of the game. Books that have a foundation in yoga as well as fun pictures and ideas are truly a godsend!

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    1. Then you'll definitely want to browse Kids Yoga Stories' website and blog. She has so many ideas and various other books.

      Thanks for entering the giveaway!

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  4. I would absolutely *ADORE* this book! My children and I have recently added more movement into our day after realizing just how sedentary we have been. This would be a great way to get us all moving and stretching each day!

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    1. It's perfect for that. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  5. my son loves yoga. anything to incorporate other types of learning with body movement sounds like a great idea to me!

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    1. That's great that your son loves yoga! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  6. My daughter and I were doing yoga moves before bedtime last night - she wants to learn more which means, I need to learn more!

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    1. Well, it sounds like this book will be perfect for you two!

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  7. What a great book. Zack and I like practicing our downward dogs together and I would love to havehim do more poses. Great giveaway. Putting this book on our chChristmas wishlist.

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    1. It really is an awesome book! K is obsessed with the horse stance! And J has made up a few funny names for his own poses!

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  8. I think both my kids would love this book!

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  9. Perfect way to incorporate my love for yoga and my daughters love for ABCS!

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  10. Hey D! A's favorite two things are ABCs and gymnastics so I'm guessing this book will be a huge hit with her! If we don't win it we'll have to go buy it, is that possible? If not any other suggestions?

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    1. It is available on Amazon (I provided an affiliate link above). As for buying locally, I checked chapters and McNally and it doesn't appear that they carry it. Maybe you will win and you won't have to figure it out!

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  11. I'm a kid's yoga teacher and I'm always looking for new yoga books to add to my collection. Its all about making it fun for the kids. I would love to have this book to share with the kiddos. :)

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    1. Sounds like it will be a perfect fit for you!

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