With everyone sitting in front of screens for so many hours each day, I thought it would be refreshing to feature a gorgeously illustrated book that’s easy on the eyes while encouraging your inner yogi to get out of the chair and take off on a jungle adventure.
The story opens with a classroom of kids, each being a “wild child” in some way, who are ready for some action.
The journey begins:
I inhale as I sweep my arms out to the side and overhead.
I gently arch my back and gaze toward the sky…
And proceeds through mountain, tree, half moon, goddess, forward fold, lion, cobra, seated forward bend, fish, and bound angle poses, finishing up in a seated, cross-legged pose, feeling like a cloud.
I, for one, feel better having gotten up out of my chair to do this sequence before writing this post. My mind is more clear, my attention more focused. And I’m ready to get back to my screen.
One of my favorite images depicts a child butterfly sitting atop a pile of books. I could see a teacher or parent reading this book as children move through the poses, like a guided meditation.
My only issue? I didn’t want to leave the last pose, where I got to visualize myself as a cloud.
I’m sorry that my sad photos don’t convey the true vibrancy of Katy Tanis’s illustrations. But they are truly gorgeous.
Use the book to guide kids through the yoga poses in jungle mode.
Pair this book with I AM PEACE: A Book of Mindfulness by Susan Verde.
Use the World Wildlife Fund templates for making origami animals.
Title: I Am the Jungle: A Yoga Adventure
Author: Melissa Hurt
Illustrator: Katy Tanis
Publisher: Sounds True, 2020
Ages: Preschool-5th grade
Themes: yoga, movement, jungle animals
For more perfect picture book recommendations, please visit Susanna Hill’s website.