Some books aren’t really books as much as they are activities in book form. Goodnight Animal World is one of those types of books. It’s subtitle is: A Kid’s Yoga Bedtime Story. After introducing six children from six different countries, the book announces its time to say goodbye to animals around the world. Then each page is says goodnight to an animal, with a large picture of the animal and a smaller picture of one of the children in a yoga pose. A map of the end shows which animals are from which of the six countries featured. Two pages summarize the list of animals and poses so that you could do them without having to turn pages every few minutes. These are followed by more activity ideas and hints for using the book for a bedtime ritual. The book is a great one if you’re looking for a way to introduce some gentle yoga stretches into your children’s lives.
Reading the book I realize that my children and I are not very good at bedtime rituals. We have set bedtimes for each child, and the children are tucked in and kissed goodnight, but partly because each child goes to bed at a different time we don’t make a big ritual out of it. We do our reading during the day, not right before bed, so if I left the book to read with my children at bedtime, I’d probably forget to read it to them at all, and I’m glad I didn’t do that because they had great fun with the book, trying the poses and playing at being the animals.
I love the geographical component of the book. We have a big map in our living room and we’re regularly pointing out where different characters in books live, so this book fit right into that. We talked about the different flags as well.
The pictures of the book are computer done with solid colors and gradients. It is a method of illustration that lends itself to lazy repetition. The flowers in a vase are all the same flower repeated and spun a different direction. The leaves on the Koala’s tree involve a lot of copied-pasted leaves altered slightly by pulling and turning different directions. It does a reasonable job of illustrating and my children didn’t notice the repetition but it isn’t exactly art. Luckily the book is charming enough as an activity in book form, the art is somewhat irrelevant.
I was sent a copy of the book to participate in the blog tour, and offered a spot on the rafflecopter draw (so one of the many ways to earn a draw entry is by following me on Google+) If you want to buy a copy of the book you can do so from the Giselle Shardlow’s website, and until April there is a sale on where you can enter the coupon code “marchtour” in order to get 20% off.
* $25 Blog Tour Giveaway *
Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)
Contest ends: April 8, 11:59 pm, 2014
How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Giselle Shardlow and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel
free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.