A slim child yogi named Kika and her monkey sidekick, Yazoo, introduce readers to 14 yoga poses and four guided meditations.
The book divides the poses by mood for quick access to suit distinct needs. The featured poses are age appropriate in terms of their blend of accessibility and challenge. Pose instructions are direct and succinct, with the accompanying illustration clearly depicting the end shape. The book concludes with notes for adults who may be assisting children in their practice. Varying privileges are assumed—for example, that readers will have access to a quiet space, a yoga mat, and adults able to assist them by reading the guided meditations aloud. No modifications are offered for varying body types or abilities. The inclusion of Yazoo, with his dark-brown and skin-smooth fur and large, white eyes, seems meant to be silly, but it’s at best unnecessary and borders on uncomfortable, particularly when there are comments made in the text such as the light-skinned Kika’s reference to him as “my little banana muncher.” Overall, the book fails to honor the intellect and curiosity of the independent readers who may be drawn to it and is too reduced to instruction for the very young who may enjoy playing with yoga through story.
Fine for what it is; thankfully, young aspiring yogis have better options in this growing genre. (Nonfiction. 4-8)