This original, yoga-themed take on an “I love you” book encourages physical exercise and mindful movement during day-to-day moments with family. The playful illustrations are impressive in the way they naturally incorporate yoga poses into regular activities such as reading time, puddle jumping, an angry spell, and watering plants. The last page of this delightful and substantive board book contains an entirety of the yoga poses used throughout the book along with each of their names. This encourages an enjoyable experience of looking back through the book to notice and name the yoga moves. The rhyming text includes a few references to yoga and movement, though there are more mentions in regard to family, play, and feelings. The rhyming falls short in more than one place with rhymes like “gray / place” and “down / proud,” but the content, style, and illustrations more than make up for the the near rhymes. The colorful illustrations gorgeously depict a diverse group of characters and parent-child relationships. From the light of day to night-time namaste, this board book prompts meditative motion in all readers, be they parent or child.
Genevieve Santos is an illustrator born, raised, and living in San Jose, California, and sole proprietor of a small stationery company, Le Petit Elefant. Wanderlust got the best of her so she’s traveled to thirty-one countries before turning thirty, sometimes backpacking, sometimes by camper van, sometimes on her own, but always with a sketchbook. Her love for animation started at a young age, and is what drives her to draw the slightest observations. She also has an insatiable weakness for ice cream.
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