Fall 2015 Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens selection!
School Library Journal:
PreS-Gr 1–This delightful book on yoga builds community. Readers are presented with a brief riddle of a different yoga stance, paired with a charming image of a children acting out the pose. For instance, the author writes, “Sleek and graceful in the sea,/on land I flop more awkwardly./Smooth and round with flippered feet./Think if all the fish I eat” to describe a seal pose. The book emphasizes critically thinking while encouraging calmness, inner and outer poise, and flexibility. Young and old readers alike will enjoy this selection. Children will be captivated by the varying sentence structure and the twist of words, as they learn to honor the spirit in themselves and in others. Namaste.
~ Tracey Wong, P.S. 54/Fordham Bedford Academy, Bronx, NY
CM Magazine: 4/4 stars review!
Delightful. This one word best describes The Yoga Game By the Sea written for young children by Kathy Beliveau and illustrated by Denise Holmes. It is delightful in the lively poetry that gives the clue for children to guess which pose they are to try. Guessing games are always loved by youngsters, and trying to form the shapes of nature’s wonders is lots of fun. This book gives children and their adults, be it parents and other family members or teachers and other adults or teens in their lives, a chance to have fun together while learning valuable lessons in yoga. Children find it play and enjoy forming the different poses, as I found with my youngest granddaughter who took yoga during physical education in her school. She loved it.
The illustrations are simple, yet very expressive, and give valuable detail for those not so familiar with each pose. In the author’s note, Beliveau gives safety hints that will help the user make the environment a safer place to practice the art of yoga. Anyone can use this book to communicate with children. Older students will be able to read the poetry themselves. Enjoy this book with your children for valuable time together.
Children's Bookwatch/Midwest Book Review:
Children are naturally interested in yoga and enjoy discovering the magic of imitating nature while focusing on their breathing. "The Yoga Game By the Sea" is written as a series of riddles in rhyme, illustrated by children in the yoga pose of the answer to each riddle. Thus we have delicately tinted playful illustrations of children demonstrating poses such as moon, rainbow, dolphin, clam, ocean, seal, and many more. Colored text clue questions and answers plus effervescent, lilting rhymes, mimicking the rhythms of the ocean help make "The Yoga Game By the Sea" a first class exploration in play, imagination, and young practice of yoga.