Morning yoga stretches for children to wake them up and launch their days.
After helping young readers gently end their days in Good Night Yoga (2015), Gates and Hinder return with a salutation for their mornings. Written in first person, the book has two sets of text that can be read separately or in tandem. The rhyming lines in bold describe the primary concepts behind the book’s 12 poses. A red-haired white girl imagines herself as a fiery volcano to illustrate a salutation pose. A brown-skinned boy prepares to ski jump in a variation of a mountain pose. Each pose is accompanied by italicized text that acts as both instruction and an affirmation. The soothing repetition encourages readers to focus on their breathing as they move through their morning stretches. Hinder’s playful illustrations animate Gates’ descriptions and affirmations. Each character fully embodies his or her pose as if ready to leap off the page. The balance of bold and soft colors mirrors the energizing yet focused movements of the stretches. Young readers will easily see themselves in one of the many diverse children in the book. Also included are a recap of the poses with short instructions and a guided visualization that adults can read to children.
An energizing yoga practice portrayed by lively and diverse characters that should inspire multiple readings. (Informational picture book. 3-8)