By: Gina Cascone and Bryony Williams Sheppard
Illustrated by: Jennifer Sattler
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Publication Date: July 2020
Reviewed by: Ellen Feld
Review Date: June 1, 2020
Yoga is for everybody...and for every body. Thus begins the new children's book Unicorn Yoga, which introduces youngsters to yoga in a fun, and engaging way.
Today our yoga class is being taught by a talented white unicorn. She has two new students, a little blue unicorn and a little pink one too. Our teacher begins the class by explaining:
We begin by sitting on our mats, crisscross applesauce.
In Easy Pose, we are mindful and centered. Om.
The unicorn yogi carefully explains some basic poses as she demonstrates the proper form of each. The Cow Pose, Cat Pose, Tiger Pose and Child Pose are just a few of the basic poses she explores. The two students diligently try each, sometimes successfully, and sometimes, well, a bit distracted and not quite correctly. But it's all good - they are trying.
A two-page spread is dedicated to each pose. The left page has the text, with the name of the yoga pose, and a simple explanation on how to do it. Opposite the text is an illustration of the teacher and her students, on their mats, doing the pose. It's amazing how a unicorn can actually do some of these movements in such a way to make it perfectly understandable to those not familiar with yoga.
The illustrations in Unicorn Yoga are a big reason this book works. The unicorns are adorable, particularly the young students. They get a little goofy as they attempt some of the poses, which will definitely help keep young readers engaged. At the back of the book are two pages of notes to help young readers better understand the world of yoga and all the benefits it provides.
Quill says: Unicorn Yoga is a wonderful introduction to yoga for young readers and will help get them started on a lifetime of good health. Check it out! Namaste.