A good choice to help very young children practice yoga and controlled breathing.

STRONG PUPPY

From the Yoga Tots series

A board book that stands out in the surprisingly crowded yoga-for-preschoolers category.

Two puppies (one brown, one white) demonstrate the seven postures that make up a Sun Salutation. Looking like plush toys, the animals model the poses on the left. On the right, a multiracial cast of children display the moves needed to achieve the position. Just like real children, they have different body types and varying degrees of success. Some bend their knees when they reach for their toes; others touch easily. The book can be read at two levels. Uncluttered white backgrounds and brief text are featured on the puppy pages. Opposite, instructions in a lighter type include directions for breathing through the movement. The seven children and two dogs move through a complete half Sun Salutation: from standing, through a forward fold, plank, Downward Dog, and leg lift, then back to standing. The only thing missing is the suggestion to repeat the moves lifting the opposite leg. In Calm Bunny, published simultaneously, a toylike rabbit and snake demonstrate Child Pose and Cobra sequences. Again, longer instructions on the pages with children doing the motions explain when and how to breathe. This attention to breath is a strength of both these simple guides, ensuring that even adults who are not practicing yogis will be able to safely guide the movements.

A good choice to help very young children practice yoga and controlled breathing. (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Jan. 15, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-64686-159-0

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Barefoot Books

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2021

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This ambitious, interactive exploration of color will be of particular appeal to dog lovers.

COLOR DOG

A chunky board book about colors features photographs of dogs and incorporates many interactive elements.

Even the front cover of this title is interactive. Pull a large red tab, and a bulldog’s head moves back and forth as he chews on the shoelace of a red tennis shoe. Inside, further interactive features, rhyming text, and illustrations featuring cute pups and their adorable antics await. For example, the orange pages offer a collage of pumpkins, autumn foliage, puppies, and a cat, reading: “Orange the patch of pumpkins, / Orange the autumn leaves, / Orange the frumpy, napping cat… / that I chase up a tree.” One of the pumpkins is a flap that conceals the face of a precious pup, and another, larger flap hides a pop-up tree branch on which an orange kitty perches. Other pages incorporate some more noxious surprises, such as: “Green the swamp I love to swim in, / Green the summer grass, / Green the color of the air… / when my dog food gives me gas.” Pull the tab here to trigger a large green cloud that emanates from the back end of a suitably embarrassed-looking basset hound.

This ambitious, interactive exploration of color will be of particular appeal to dog lovers. (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Aug. 25, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-4814-4986-1

Page Count: 22

Publisher: Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Sept. 21, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2016

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Fun format; bland text.

LOVEBLOCK

From the Block Books series

A hefty board book filled with ruminations on the nature of love.

While love is the topic of this board book, it’s the inventive gatefolds and charmingly vintage illustrations that readers will fall for. Brimming with sweeping declarations along the lines of “Love is / strong. // You have my back and I’ll always have yours,” the text sounds like a series of greeting cards strung together. It’s benign enough, but are most toddlers interested in generic proclamations about love? Some statements, like the ones on “unsinkable” hippos or a panda parent holding a cub “steady,” could introduce new vocabulary. At least there’s plenty of winsome critters to fawn over as the surprisingly sturdy flaps tell dramatic little ministories for each cartoon-style animal species. A downcast baby giraffe looks longingly up at a too-high tasty branch; lift a flap to bring an adult giraffe—and the delicacy—down to the baby, or watch an adventurous young fox retreat into a fold-down–flap burrow to learn that “my heart will always be home with you.” At points, the pages are tricky to turn in the correct order, but clever touches, like a series of folds that slow readers down to a sloth’s speed, make up for it. The book concludes with a gatefold revealing a vibrant playground populated with racially and ethnically diverse humans; two are wheelchair users.

Fun format; bland text. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Dec. 1, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-4197-3153-2

Page Count: 84

Publisher: Abrams Appleseed

Review Posted Online: Dec. 25, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2021

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